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Research Presentation: Musa Hassan
April 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 PM
2025 E Newport Ave
Pizza will be provided
School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
On the Web at Class: How tech tools are distracting the Inside Search Process of Undergraduate Information Seeking Behavior (Pilot Study)
Information communication technology (ICT) tools including laptops, tablets, etc., have transformed the learning process and made it easier in the classroom. They support learning and provide access to information outside the classroom environment. However, many see this development as an innovative way to improve students academic excellence through teaching and learning, while others worry about the negative consequences posed to students when used in non-classroom activities. The pilot study explores 21 undergraduate students applying the qualitative approach of interview, observation and focus group. The data was analyzed applying the ground theory coding process. Findings indicate several students use the devices for the non-classroom purpose to entertain themselves, stay connected with friends through texting and sending pictures, and buying products online. Others were found to be socializing by browsing different types of social networks, such as, Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat and Instagram. They do this to fight boredom in class. A handful of students use the devices to access teaching material or information which is usually accessible through the internet.