Honors Theses

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Matt Reysen

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

This study investigated how different types of note-taking affect college students' retention of classroom material. In particular, this study looked at whether live-tweeting lecture material would result in better retention of the material presented in a lecture than traditional note-taking on a laptop. It was hypothesized that students who took notes via live-tweeting would have comparable results to those who took notes in the traditional computer format. In addition, it was also hypothesized that a person's familiarity with Twitter would likely affect his or her ability to use Twitter as an educational tool. In order to test this hypothesis, participants watched a portion of a video of a college lecture in one of two conditions. Half of the participants took notes in the traditional computer format, and half of the participants took notes through the use of live-tweeting of the lecture material. After the video lecture, students received a distractor test (arithmetic problems), and completed both a quiz over the material, as well as a self-report measure about how accurately the participant followed the experimenter's instructions. The results indicated that live-tweeting led to poorer quiz performance than standard note-taking. In addition, it was discovered that a person's familiarity with Twitter did increase their scores in the Twitter trial and that the amount of tweets or notes recorded may have had an impact on students' quiz performance.

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