The Impact of Instructor Personal Use of Smartphone on Students’ Perceptions of Instruction Quality
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to investigate if college students’ perceptions of the relative quality of instructors and classes are influenced by the professor’s personal use of smartphones in the class. Specifically, this study investigates college students’ perceptions of the 1) quality of the classroom instruction and 2) quality of the instructor when instructor's use of smartphone is observed. In order to investigate the impact of the instructor using a smartphone, the instructor will pretend to check (Treatment A) or respond (Treatment B) to text/email messages three times during two class sessions. Afterwards, the students’ views will be probed using the Students’ Evaluations of Educational Quality (SEEQ). The results of the analyses will be presented in the conference.