Wednesday, March 28
4:15-4:45 PM

College Students Beliefs About and Actual Perceptions of the In-class Texting of Instructors

Full Paper ID: 51674
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    Austin Hitt
    Coastal Carolina University
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    Cheng-Yuan (Corey) Lee
    Coastal Carolina University

Abstract: An increasing number of college instructors own smartphones, bring them to their classes, and are potentially receiving and sending personal text messages during classes The relative prevalence of these devices in college classes lead to the following research question, "Does in-class texting by college faculty impact students' perceptions of the quality of courses and the instructors?" In order to address this question, an instructor in a sophomore and junior level communication course periodically interrupted instruction to check (treatment #1) or check and respond to text messages (treatment #2) Afterwards the students completed a teaching effectiveness survey which probed their views on the relative quality of the lesson and the instructor Analyses of the teaching effectiveness survey and additional pre- and post-treatment surveys revealed two divergent results The overwhelming majority of the college students reported the belief (prior to and after treatments) that the in-class use of smartphones by their instructors would adversely affect their perceptions of the quality of the lesson and the instructor However, analyses of the teaching effectiveness survey revealed that in the context of an actual instructional situation an instructor’s use of smartphone did not negatively affect their perceptions of the instructor or the course

Presider: Dee Anna Willis, Northwestern State University


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