Notebook or Facebook? How Students Actually Use Mobile Devices in Large Lectures

  • Vera Gehlen-Baum
  • Armin Weinberger
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7563)


In many lectures students use different mobile devices, like notebooks or smartphones. But the lecturers often do not know to what extent students use these devices for lecture-related self-regulated learning strategies, like writing notes or browsing for additional information. Unfortunately mobile devices also bear a potential for distraction. This article shows the results of observational study in five standard lectures in different disciplines and compares it to students’ responses on computer use in lectures. The results indicate a substantial divergence between students’ subjective stances on how they use mobile devices for learning in lectures and the actual observed, often lecture-unrelated behavior.


Lectures mobile devices media use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vera Gehlen-Baum
    • 1
  • Armin Weinberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational TechnologySaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany

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