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What is Digital Distraction

Digital Distractions in the College Classroom
A situation where one is distracted by a technology device (e.g., smartphone, laptop, tablet) while engaging in another activity.
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How Digital Distractions Influence Learner Information Processing
Tiphaine Colliot (University of Poitiers, France)
Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9243-4.ch003
The use of digital technologies in the classroom continues to rise as more students take lecture notes on laptops rather than pen and paper. In addition, digital technologies can greatly influence student behavior. Indeed, these devices can lead students to engage in unrelated online activities during a lecture. Obviously, these activities can have negative consequences on student learning. This chapter aims to provide an understanding to how digital distraction influences learners' information processing. First, this chapter will present how students process instructional material and explore effective strategies for high-quality learning. Second, this chapter will investigate how digital distraction disturbs information processing based on the cognitive load theory and contiguity principle. Third, this chapter will focus on the effects of digital distraction on student notes and learning. Fourth, this chapter will offer recommendations for curbing digital distraction.
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Understanding and Reacting to the Digital Distraction Phenomenon in College Classrooms
Student misuses of mobile technology for leisure purposes while attending to academic tasks inside and outside of the classroom.
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Curbing Student Digital Distraction With Non-Traditional Teaching Strategies
Student use of digital devices (e.g., smart phones, laptop computers) for off-task purposes while attending to academic tasks in the classroom.
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The Role of Self-Regulation in Experiences of Digital Distraction in College Classrooms
Instances of intentional and/or automatic shifts in cognitive and/or behavioural orientation away from a primary task domain and towards digital media.
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The Role of Multimedia Learning Theory and Digital Distraction in Learning and Instructional Design in Higher Education
A term which includes distracting attention of people by exposition of a constant stream of notifications or alerts from digital devices which can disrupt people to their work or other activities.
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