Mobile phone vs paper-pencil mode of note-taking, a case study among the students of Bankura University

Arnab Kundu (Department of Education, Bankura University, Bankura, India)
Tripti Bej (Department of Applied Mathematics with Oceanology and Computer Programming, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 29 August 2019



The purpose of this study is to recommend the university authorities to build better teaching-learning environment for its students to use variables and multiple note-taking methods in class for best results fundamental in each method.


The study is a case study that follows a ‘problem-driven’ approach concerned specifically with providing practical solutions to real-world problems. A sample size of 320 respondents was obtained, in which 300 were university students selected from the first, second and third years of study and 20 were professors.


This case study made it very obvious to all that mobile phone note-taking is a regular practice among students at Bankura University. At the same time, the study also reveals that the practice does not significantly differ based on students’ sex.

Research limitations/implications

Based on the findings, the study recommends for the need to educate students on the importance of paper and pencil note-taking method so that they do not fall prey to such risks. A befitting environment should be created so that students can use various methods of note-taking in classrooms avoiding their negative impacts.

Practical implications

It has a wide implication in the modern age where cutting-edge technologies are shaping our course actions every day. We cannot keep ourselves from this technological association and our mobile phones have become our friend, philosopher and guide. In this scenario, this study bears a big implication in itself.


This study is based on the authors’ ground study and is purely original and unique in the true sense.



Kundu, A. and Bej, T. (2019), "Mobile phone vs paper-pencil mode of note-taking, a case study among the students of Bankura University", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

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