Netflix and study: Why online students are more easily distracted

Studyinternational | February 21, 2019

For all the praise of online classrooms and how they could replace physical spaces, the latter still triumphs in at least one aspect: ensuring students focus on the academic subject taught.Researchers have found, unsurprisingly, that students in online courses are often multitasking with non-academic matters – that refers to time spent on Facebook, browsing on Asos and scrolling Twitter timelines – more than their peers in physical classrooms. Sampling nearly 300 Kent State students enrolled in both online and on-campus courses, Andrew Lepp and his team found that students are 25 percent more likely to multitask in non-academic work when enrolled in online courses compared to their peers in face-to-face courses.Students with higher multitasking tendencies (ie. those with high scores on the Polychronic-Monochronic Tendency Scale) are more likely to multitask in online classes. While many might assume they would be similarly distracted in actual brick and mortar classrooms, the study found otherwise.

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Are you attending an online course soon? Are you interested in finding ways to become a more effective learner? If you are like many of my students, your time is extremely limited, so it is important to get the most educational value out of your available time.

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Are you attending an online course soon? Are you interested in finding ways to become a more effective learner? If you are like many of my students, your time is extremely limited, so it is important to get the most educational value out of your available time.

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