Colleges and Seminaries are reeling everywhere this morning from shocking new research showing (are you sitting down professors?) that students muti-task on their laptops during their lectures!Among the academic-ego-shattering conclusions are:
- College students used their laptops for frequent multitasking during classes, generating, on average, more than 65 new screen windows per lecture, 62% of which were unrelated to the courses they were taking,
- Students have non course-related software applications open and active about 42% of the time.
- Students who allocate more cognitive resources to bringing up non-course-related material on their computers show lower academic performance.
- Instant messaging seems “especially virulent” as a distraction
And to top it all off:
- Students understate the frequency of email and instant messaging use in the classroom when self-reporting on their laptop use.
Well, I can hardly believe it myself. The researchers obviously did not come to Puritan Reformed Seminary.But for the sake of my now-depressed academic colleagues everywhere, can I ask if anyone has any solutions to this? Just so that I can pass them on.