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Am J Pharm Educ. 2012 Nov 12;76(9):167. doi: 10.5688/ajpe769167.

Impact of electronic device use in class on pharmacy students' academic performance.

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  • 1University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA. prescott@buffalo.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate and assess the impact of pharmacy students' electronic device (e-device) use during a lecture-based pharmacotherapeutics sequence.

METHODS:

A validated survey instrument to assess e-device use was e-mailed to 238 second- (P2) and third-year (P3) pharmacy students. Grades were reviewed retrospectively and correlated with e-device use to determine its impact on academic performance.

RESULTS:

Of 140 responding students (59% response rate), 106 reported using e-devices during class for course-related (91.5%) and non-course-related (81.1%) activities. When P2 and P3 students were combined, e-device use was not associated with academic performance (p = 0.70). Academic performance was not impacted among P3 students (p = 0.86), but P2 students performed better academically if they refrained from using e-devices during class (mean grade = 88.5% vs. 83.3%; p=0.019).

CONCLUSIONS:

The impact of e-device use on overall academic performance was negligible. Use of e-devices by students enrolled in their first pharmacotherapeutics course may negatively impact academics.

KEYWORDS:

electronic device; learning; student; technology

PMID:
23193331
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PMCID:
PMC3508481
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