Because Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) provide many advantages, such as increasing effectiveness and efficiency, they are becoming extremely common in the classroom. However, alongside these advantages, ICTs have also become a big distraction for many students, thus causing students to use ICTs to slack. Through surveying students and interviewing instructors, we examined two different points of view on whether the presence of ICT causes student’s to lose their attention in the class. We found that the presence of ICTs does have a negative effect on student’s attention, and this loss of attention occurs most often during PowerPoint lectures. We conclude with practical implication and suggestions for remedying slacking in the classroom.
Galluch, Pamela; Long, Caroline; Bratton, Tyler; Gee, Mike; and Groeber, Micah, "Losing the Battle: Student and Instructor Perspectives on Attention Loss in the Classroom" (2009). SAIS 2009 Proceedings. 10.