#LivetweetMyLecture: A Look at Note-taking Consolidation, Retention, and Test Performance in Students Using Twitter vs. Traditional Typed Notes

Ward, Samra B. (2014) #LivetweetMyLecture: A Look at Note-taking Consolidation, Retention, and Test Performance in Students Using Twitter vs. Traditional Typed Notes. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dr. Matt Reysen from Psychology, University of Mississippi.

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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.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Ward, Samra B.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. Psychology & French
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Matt Reysen
Thesis Advisor's Department: Psychology
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: >
Depositing User: Ms. Samra Ward
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 15:34
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 15:34
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/75

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