Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking

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  • Source:
    Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v36 n1 p55-67 2020. 13 pp.
  • Accession Number:
    https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.5048
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Type:
    Journal Articles; Reports - Research
  • Additional Information
    • Author(s):
    • Availability:
      Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite Secretariat, P.O. Box 44, Figtree, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61-8-9367-1133; e-mail: info@ascilite.org.au; Web site: https://ajet.org.au/index.php/AJET
    • Peer Reviewed:
      Y
    • ISSN:
      1449-5554
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      This study examines university students' multitasking with computers and mobile phones in an authentic self-study context, with the primary focus being on off-task multitasking and interruption as precursor to multitasking. The study drew on interviews, observation, and video-stimulated recall to reveal the triggers for and processes of multitasking. It has identified pop-up notifications as the main external interruption and task completion as well as boredom as the internal sources of interruption. The results also pinpointed task as an important dimension associated with both internal and external interruptions. A framework of multitasking triggers was constructed encompassing user, technology and task. The implications of the findings for students, teachers and researchers are also discussed. Implications for practice or policy: (1) Students should ward off the disruptive influence of notifications on phones during study time; (2) Students should have a better sense of the optimal timing for switching attention; and (3) Teachers should strive to provide meaningful, relevant and personalized learning tasks.
    • Abstract:
      As Provided
    • Number of References:
      -1
    • Physical Description:
      13
    • Education Level:
      Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
    • Journal Code:
      OCT2020
    • Publication Date:
      2020
    • Accession Number:
      EJ1249003
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DENG, L. Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, [s. l.], v. 36, n. 1, p. 55–67, 2020. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1249003. Acesso em: 25 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Deng L. Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 2020;36(1):55-67. Accessed November 25, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1249003
    • APA:
      Deng, L. (2020). Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 36(1), 55–67.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Deng, Liping. 2020. “Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking.” Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 36 (1): 55–67. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1249003.
    • Harvard:
      Deng, L. (2020) ‘Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking’, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 36(1), pp. 55–67. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1249003 (Accessed: 25 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Deng, L 2020, ‘Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking’, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 55–67, viewed 25 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Deng, Liping. “Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking.” Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol. 36, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 55–67. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1249003.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Deng, Liping. “Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking.” Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 36, no. 1 (January 1, 2020): 55–67. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1249003.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Deng L. Laptops and Mobile Phones at Self-Study Time: Examining the Mechanism behind Interruption and Multitasking. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology [Internet]. 2020 Jan 1 [cited 2020 Nov 25];36(1):55–67. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1249003