Changing Minds: Multitasking in Lectures

Liz Coulter-Smith

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Multitasking students is a common topic amongst academics. Many studies focus on how students multitask while this study investigates why students multitask in formal lectures. A questionnaire was used to discover student perceptions around multitasking amongst computing students. The results indicate most students are adequately motivated to improve their multitasking behavior if it influences their grades. Results show that most students claimed boredom as a significant reason for multitasking in class. This study suggests we inform students about the effects of multitasking as it relates to their academic achievement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th China Europe International Symposium on Software Engineering Education, Athens, Greece
Subtitle of host publicationProcess, People and Product in Software Systems Development from Pedagogy to Practice
PublisherUniversity of Derby
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2018


  • Multitasking
  • Attention
  • Communication


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