Mind Wandering and Online Learning: How Working Memory, Interest, and Mind Wandering Impact Learning from Videos

Ben HollisKent State University
Christopher WasKent State University

Abstract

This study investigated mind wandering during video lectures in an online course. Working memory capacity and interest were also considered. Higher mind wandering predicted lower performance. Lower working memory capacity predicted higher mind wandering. Higher interest predicted lesser mind wandering. Social media and technology accounted for 29% of off-task thinking.

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