Multitasking or Attention Switching?

Upside Learning

Recently during one of our discussions about the way individuals work and learn, we debated whether humans are inherently capable of multi-tasking, or is it a singular task at any point in time, but are capable of rapid switching of attention from task to task. As a general search on the web will reveal, there is quite a debate about multitasking and task switching. Try it out and comment here about what your take on the multi-tasking vs. attention switching debate is.

Multitasking – Don’t Do It

Upside Learning

When multitasking, productivity decreases up to 40% and stress rises. Harvard Business Review’s Peter Bregman spent a week consciously not multitasking and writes about it. Hit the jump - How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking. Related posts: Multitasking or Attention Switching? Tags: eLearning Harvard Business Review Instructional Design Multitasking Multitasking or Attention Switching X Multitasking Vs Attention Switching


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Multitasking Takes Toll On Memory, Study Finds

Upside Learning

Came across this article in the NYT Bits Blog – Multitasking Takes Toll on Memory ; states quite simply that the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published research which shows that multitasking takes a significant toll on the working memory of older individuals. There has been other research suggesting that this ‘divided attention’ will hurt learning and cognitive performance. eLearning Multitasking Multitasking or Attention Switching


Tony Karrer

As way of background for this month's big question - , I went to eLearning Learning and looked up Multitasking. " Also disconcerting, he notes, is that "people who chronically multitask believe they're good at it." " Will Thalheimer - Younger Generation NOT Good at Multitasking Either! It says: People in general are not good at multitasking. Young people are no better than their elders at multitasking. Multitasking actually takes longer.

Multitasking in the Modern Virtual Classroom

InSync Training

I’m willing to bet that you divided your attention between the event and other things like email, lunch, or a pressing project. Even the most committed learners and seasoned virtual classroom experts have a tendency to multitask in this learning environment. Think back to the last webinar or virtual training session you attended. We don’t judge!

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist


Rather than trying to catch a continually running clock, research indicates you would be far better off focusing on attention management instead. Sticky notes started appearing on computers, calendars were full of scheduled meetings, and multitasking became the buzzword. Attention Management – A New Way for a New Workplace. Consequently, the emphasis is shifting to attention management and for good reason. What is attention management?

Multitasking: You’re Not as Productive as You Think


It enables us to multitask like never before. The question is: How much attention are we giving to each of the projects or tasks we are doing? When we talk about multitasking, we are really talking about attention.” –Christine Rosen, The Myth of Multitasking. One study estimates that multitasking costs global businesses $450 billion each year. According to a study on distracted drivers, multitasking is a myth.

The Metrics of Learning and Dangers of Multitasking


The Dangers of Multitasking and How it Relates to Learning. In the FastCompany article These Are the Long-Term Effects of Multitasking author Vivian Giang writes, “In theory, it seems like you’re getting more done, but since our brains aren’t built to constantly task-switch, we have what’s called “attention residue” left behind every time we go from one task to another.” The post The Metrics of Learning and Dangers of Multitasking appeared first on mLevel.

Deciphering Attention


Already bouncy and sneaky by nature, our attention span is being severely strained in these times of overstraining. Yet attention is essential to our cognitive effectiveness, whether we are learning new things or simply performing many of our daily tasks. Focus on attention! When did the attention phenomenon come to light? Is there an agreed definition of attention? Are there several types of attention? How important is attention to learning?

Are we really good at multitasking?


Over the past few years, some research has helped us to better discern between reality and myth regarding our ability to multitask. Attentional blink. In 2005 , Sergeant, Baillet and Dehaene unveiled the cerebral mechanisms involved in attentional blinking, a phenomenon — comparable to the blink of an eye — of temporary, unconscious and repetitive interruption of our attention. The post Are we really good at multitasking?

Split-tasking vs. Multitasking – The New Way to Get Things Done


Do you consider yourself a multitasker? No doubt you feel you have had to become one as the workplace has changed, technology requires more attention, and your boss wants you to do 100 things at once. Of course you are a multitasker – or are you? Multitasking was once the darling of the workplace, using the latest tools to get more things done at the same time. Yet recent research shows that multitasking is a myth.

Playing with Words, Multitasking, and Learning Objectives: This Week on #BLPLearn

Bottom-Line Performance

Can the Brain Really Multitask? I may agree that multitasking is near impossible. Is multitasking impossible? Pay Attention! Can the Brain Really Multitask? #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. We’ll take the best articles shared by our Learning Services, Multimedia, and Product Development teams in their weekly meetings and include them in the weekly #BLPLearn blog.

Presentation Backchannel Multitasking

Tony Karrer

Caveats to Multitasking is Generally Bad for Work and Learning See my post on Multitasking for a summary of this. Or Clive Shepherd's How should presenters address multitasking? simple statement: Multitasking is an illusion – we are simply not capable of doing it. Multitasking Doodling and Notetaking are good. Binge Thinking I have learnt to take notes while giving nearly full attention to a presentation. It’s one multitasking practice that I’m good at.

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist


Sticky notes started appearing on computers, calendars were full of scheduled meetings, and multitasking became the buzzword. A new workplace calls for new strategies to meet its needs, and the emphasis now is on attention management. What is attention management ? Instead of using time as the measurement, you use the attention you need to complete the tasks you prioritize as important. Multitasking —One fact you should know: multitasking is a myth.

Grab Learner Attention with Your Course Content


Want to cut down on distractions and multitasking during your course? One of the inevitable battles online instructors face lies in retaining learner attention. If they’re working from home, they may also have children begging for attention, a partner asking for help, or a side hobby lying out in plain sight. By comparing them to each other, instructors draw attention to their differences in a way that makes distinctions more memorable. Attention is precious.

Rediscovering Productivity Through Attention Management

Learning Wire

No matter how much you block out your calendar, your smartphone and email are always alerting you to something new that demands your attention. From Time Management to Attention Management. Time management is the wrong approach; it’s time to move away from it, and to start thinking about “ attention management.” How you manage your time is only relevant to the extent that you also devote your attention. Want to find out more on personal productivity?

Classic Learning Research in Practice – Sensory Channels – Keep the Learners Attention

Adobe Captivate

Once the learner feels connected , we need to maintain his attention and avoid multitasking. Once the perceptions are made available in the working memory the learner becomes a serial processing unit without the ability for real multitasking. When a learner multitasks, he sets one task to active while all others are placed on hold. As a learning professional it is important to get the full attention of the learner.

Keeping Your Learners’ Attention: How Our Brain Decides What to Focus On


These thoughts can be true for some, but if elearning is presented effectively, with the learner’s attention span in mind, we can see a shift in this ideology. To curb learners from being distracted, elearning needs to be designed to grasp the learner’s attention. His book inspires much of the work we do at Learnkit to maintain the attention of our learning audience. In order to keep a learner engaged, we need to explore how the learner pays attention.

The neuroscience of attention and why instructional designers should know about it


Paying attention is no easy thing and grabbing and holding someone’s attention is even trickier. A fairly recent study calculated that the average attention span of a person has dropped from twelve to eight seconds, rendering us below the focusing capabilities of goldfish. On the plus side, the report found that people’s ability to multitask has dramatically improved. It is an important wheel of the motivational system and helps a person focus attention on a goal.

Continuous Partial Attention Is The New Norm In Learning


If multitasking had a cousin, it would be continuous partial attention (CPA): The ability to pay attention to more than one thing for an extended period of time. What are some of the ways to tell if you have continuous partial attention? Basically, if you are constantly only giving activities or interactions just part of your attention, you have CPA. Connect with us here to utilize continuous partial attention to your advantage in your learning strategy.

How your Student’s Attention Span affects your eLearning Platform

Academy of Mine

Did you know that with the advent of increased technology in our day-to-day lives that the average human attention span has actually gotten shorter over time? A 2015 study by Microsoft of 2,000 survey participants and 112 individuals monitored via EEG in Canada found that since the year 2000 (queue the mobile revolution) a person’s average attention span has dropped a staggering 33% from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. How does a shortened attention span affect eLearning?

Has the smartphone limited attention spans or increased access to knowledge?

Ed App

At the same time, our ability to pay attention remains constant. . The truth about attention spans. There is a myth floating around the internet that humans have worse attention spans than goldfish. The question is not, “have our attention spans changed or reduced?” ” The question is, “can we learn to pay attention despite distraction?” Learning in the modern age is not about having reduced attention spans.

The Science of Attention (And Why eLearning Professionals Should Care)

SHIFT eLearning

Paying attention is a task people take for granted; they rarely stop to think about the complex neurocognitive processes involved. After all, paying attention is the first step in the learning process, so ensuring learners pay attention is fundamental. Finally, it helps a person to focus attention on important aspects for an appropriate amount of time. The Basics: What Is “Attention” and What Brain Regions Fuel Attention? May I Have Your Attention Please?

A challenge to the multitask assumption

Clive on Learning

A few weeks ago I wrote on the Onlignment blog about The multitask assumption. By this I meant the assumption you can safely make with any webinar that a good proportion of the audience is multitasking - you know, checking emails, answering the phone, listening to music, finishing off a report, and so on. Your webinar audience might think that they're multitasking, but they're not. Yes we can multitask as long as only one of those tasks is making use of our working memory.

How Instructional Designers Can Cope with Continuous Partial Attention in "The Age of Distraction"

SHIFT eLearning

Different forms of information are constantly battling for attention causing continuous partial attention to become commonplace. Instructional designers are just one of many types of professionals who need to learn to adapt to this new situation, as it is essential to hold the attention of students if they are to absorb and remember information. The Phenomenon of Continuous Partial Attention. Further reads: Mindful Online Behavior – “Please Pay Attention!”.

Social Networking, Performance Problems, Multitasking, & Research

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Myth of Multitasking - The New Atlantis. When people do their work only in the "interstices of their mind-wandering," with crumbs of attention rationed out among many competing tasks, their culture may gain in information, but it will surely weaken in wisdom. Study: Social networks may subvert 'digital divide' - c/net.

The Big Question: How should presenters address multitasking?

Clive on Learning

The question was prompted to some extent by my post Multitasking is now every presenter’s problem , in which I put forward the notion that it wasn’t just webinar presenters who had to deal with their audience multitasking, this was now rife at face-to-face events as well. I’m not going to rework the arguments here, but I would like to clarify my own thoughts and conclusions: Multitasking is an illusion – we are simply not capable of doing it.

4 Ways to Jump Start an eLearning Lesson

Integrated Learnings

It can potentially add up to a lot of extra clicks (that learners may or may not actually pay attention to), which gets the activity off to a somewhat sluggish start. 4-- Make the title slide multitask. ARCS Attention Best Practices eLearning eLearning Blog Instructional Design By Shelley A. Gable. I’ve heard learners criticize eLearning lessons that have too much “extra” stuff at the beginning.

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Four Task Management Tips to Increase your Productivity

CLO Magazine

Previously, we examined multitasking , uncovering the fact that the human brain cannot perform two tasks at the exact same time. The origin of the term “multitasking” is in reference to a computer’s ability to simultaneously complete multiple tasks.) The article recommends that focus be on effective task management rather than multitasking. These activities are designed based on science to enhance memory, attention and creativity.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking

Learning Visions

Monday, June 18, 2007 Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking From the Eide Neurolearning Blog: Voluntary Control of Attention - Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking There is a yin and yang effect between visual and auditory attention. Is multimedia the same as multitasking? At first, participants were instructed to only solve the mental rotation task (visual) and not pay attention to the sentence. Can I, um, have your attention, please?

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Let’s Focus a Little Better

CLO Magazine

As a millennial, I’ve been conditioned to multitask, and as glorious as that’s been to list on cover letters in the past, it is in fact, not the business for me or anyone really. Minimizing multitasking, meditating and making to-do lists are also some great places to start and behaviors to encourage among employees. Performance Management attention brain focus

Reasons to Implement Microlearning into Corporate Training Strategies

Designing Digitally

In today’s modern workplace, jobs are fluid and employees are busy multitasking. With such distractions and demanding schedules, it is difficult to divert their time and attention towards learning. They check their phones numerous times a day to stay socially connected. They hardly dedicate 1% of their workweek for learning and upskilling. So, you need to come up with a way that your employees receive the right learning at the time they need it. This is where microlearning comes i

Brain, Learning and Neuroscience: Test Your Knowledge!


Are we really good at multitasking? D) The duration of the micro-objectives that it is recommended to set to maximize our attention in a task. Read more: Attention, in numbers. Read more: Are we really good at multitasking?

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Working from home etiquette tips and tricks


Pay attention to calendars and away messages. Working from home makes that a little less clear so it is important to pay attention to your coworker’s calendar if they’re set to “away” on your instant messaging system, or have blocked time on the calendar to not be disturbed. . Be sure to keep yourself on mute unless you’re the one talking so that the person leading the meeting can have everyone’s undivided attention. Avoid multitasking during video conferencing.

5 Tips to Time Management for Maximum Productivity

Your Training Edge

Avoid multitasking. Research shows that multitasking lowers an individual’s performance by nearly 40%. To be maximally productive, take on one task at a time without dividing your focus and attention. How good are you with time management? Are you maximally productive at work? Well, if you always seem to have too much on your plate all the time yet there is never enough time to do what your purpose to accomplish, then you probably have a problem with time management.

Big Ways Microlearning Helps Employees


Research shows that the average adult’s attention span today is 8 seconds—down from 12 seconds in 2000. Many studies suggest that technology has affected our ability to focus, resulting in a new preference for multitasking. This unconscious preference explains why we cannot stop multitasking, even during supposed down time: as we watch television, for example, we’re often simultaneously on our phones or our laptops.

eLearning Gamification: How to Implement Gamification in Your Learning Strategy


Brains love to multitask, but multitasking can hurt training efforts. Games direct attention to one task at a time, which increases focus and reduces the cognitive load on the brain. . Artwork by Kevin Bannister. Share on facebook. Facebook. Share on twitter. Twitter.