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The Metrics of Learning and Dangers of Multitasking


Yet as our brains get less pliable as we age we somehow think we have a greater ability to learn. The Dangers of Multitasking and How it Relates to Learning. ” He continues, “Multiple studies have also found that microlearning can deter cognitive overload , which occurs when the brain is forced to accept an abundance of data at any given time” [1]. The post The Metrics of Learning and Dangers of Multitasking appeared first on mLevel.


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Multitasking: You’re Not as Productive as You Think


It enables us to multitask like never before. 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. The research shows that people who engage in multitasking actually end up wasting 40 percent of their productive time switching between tasks. Multitasking ends up making us ineffectual.

The Great Multitasking Myth

Unicorn Training

Perhaps most interesting of all is the assertion that;“Learners cannot multitask; they task switch which negatively impacts learning” –The popular image of the digital native has them carrying out multiple tasks in parallel, but in fact this is not how our brains operate. this bears out, the idea that learning is most effective when learners focus on the learning rather than multitasking is an important point to consider when designing mobile-first experiences.

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. seconds are required for the brain to record and manipulate the sensory information needed to complete each task. This is because they found that when the brain is working on one task, both frontal lobes are activated, but when a second task comes into play, it divides the work so that each lobe processes one of the two tasks independently.

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


Do you consider yourself a multitasker? 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. Just consider the types of tasks you are doing when you apparently “multitask.” What you‘ve discovered is that multitasking, when it comes to doing simultaneous high-level cognitive tasks, is a myth.

Brain, Learning and Neuroscience: Test Your Knowledge!


Do you know how learning takes place at the brain level? Are we really good at multitasking? Do you know the latest techniques for observing our brains in action? Brain functioning related to learning is the same in adults and children.

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The Reality of Multitasking

CLO Magazine

Multitasking is a hot topic for researchers and practitioners alike. However, there are different perceptions of what multitasking actually entails. Researchers focus on the human brain’s ability to multitask, while practitioners focus on the impact of multitasking the workplace. The dichotomy that comes into play is whether multitasking is performing more than one task simultaneously or toggling back and forth from one task to another.

What Happens in the Brain When You learn a Language?

Your Training Edge

What exactly happens to your brain when you’re in the process of learning a foreign language? Well, the brain literally expands. Your Brain Expands. Learning a second language can cause your brain to grow in size. The researchers analyzed the brain sizes of Swedish Armed Forces recruits before and after they underwent language training. The hippocampus primarily serves as a link between incoming words and related items stored in the brain.

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Video Games To Train Your Brain


Is it boring to train your brain? Thankfully there is lots you can do to be mentally healthy – including helping your brain to stay active. While mental health is affected by many things; exercise, nutrition, your environment and relationships to list a few, you can also train your brain to be better at different things. The brain is often compared to a muscle – the more you exercise it, the better shape it will be in. How Video Games Can Train Your Brain.

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Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist


Sticky notes started appearing on computers, calendars were full of scheduled meetings, and multitasking became the buzzword. Using a few simple tools, such as prioritizing, chunking and brain dumps can get you in better control of where to focus your attention. Multitasking —One fact you should know: multitasking is a myth. Brain Dump— Time management is not completely dead. You still make lists but update that list by doing a brain dump.

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


Candy Crush is calling our name… In John Medina’s book, Brain Rules , we learn how the brain works. The human brain has spotlights that switch our attention based on triggers sent from our senses. Multitasking doesn’t exist. We pride ourselves in our ability to multitask, such as walking and texting, or talking on the phone while driving. But the reality is, the brain cannot multitask.

Instructional Design, Learning, Multitasking, & Camtasia for Mac

Big Dog, Little Dog

Multitasking Muddles Brains, Even When the Computer Is Off - Wired. What happens to people who multitasking all the time? In every test, students who spent less time simultaneously reading e-mail, surfing the web, talking on the phone and watching TV performed best.hey fare significantly worse than their low-multitasking peers. Love-Hate Theory, Learner Motivation, Connectivism and Other Such Thoughts. Sahana Chattopadhyay in ID and Other Reflections.

Twitter’s Impact on Your Brain-Same as Bilingualism

Kapp Notes

Studies on infant brains have shown that knowledge retention is only possible when accompanied with personal interaction or activity, but this becomes even more important as people get older. Bilingual people “build new bridges” in the brain, says Dr. Kuhl, a University of Washington professor and co-author of a recent study on social learning, and their brains are constantly adapting and reshuffling data as they translate.

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.

8 Ways to Practice Mindfulness at Work


When we’re going about our daily routines, our brains tend to switch onto autopilot. Nix Multitasking. Multitasking is a myth. No one really multitasks. Your brain is actually rapidly switching from one task to the next, often losing time and information in the process. While multitasking can make us feel more productive, it makes us unproductive. This helps train the brain to focus on the positive each day.

Brain rules #4

Clive on Learning

In case you haven't been following this blog, this series of postings looks at John Medina's book Brain Rules chapter by chapter, looking to see what the implications might be for workplace learning. I hope he won't mind if I provide you here with a liberal sprinkling of direct quotes which make these points more clearly than I could manage: "The more attention the brain pays to a given stimulus the more elaborately the information will be encoded - and retained."

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Brain rules #4 – a challenge

Clive on Learning

Thanks to Stephen Downes for taking the trouble to provide a critique of my review of the fourth chapter of John Medina’s book Brain Rules. "The more attention the brain pays to a given stimulus the more elaborately the information will be encoded - and retained." " "Our brains tend to be filled with generalised pictures of concepts or events, not with slowing fading minutiae." "We can't multitask. Tags: Brain Rules research

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Don’t Try to Do So Many Things At Once

CLO Magazine

Employee attempts to multitask are putting a serious damper on their performance. Digital Third Coast Content Manager Andy Kerns defined multitasking as the act of switching back and forth between multiple tasks — different from what many people believe the behavior to be: literally completing multiple tasks on a to-do list simultaneously. Research says the brain simply can’t do that, Kerns said. Performance Management cognitive load multitasking performance

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

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Once the learner feels connected , we need to maintain his attention and avoid multitasking. Sensory input remains useless until it is processed by the brain where it becomes perception. It is your brain that sees and hears. The brain is capable of parallel processing, but that doesn’t imply that the mind is capable of it too! When a learner multitasks, he sets one task to active while all others are placed on hold.

Five Ways to Use Brain Science to Become a Better Leader

CLO Magazine

It’s an exciting time for brain science. New insights and discoveries about how the brain works are being made every week, and a focus on neural leadership is forging the way. David Rock, editor of the NeuroLeadership Journal , has said that by better understanding the brain, leaders can align the way they work with the brain’s affinity to create a more productive and successful experience. But the brain needs sleep.

EQ Over IQ: Lou Russell’s Perspective

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In fact, her approach to facilitation acknowledges that, “The brains that we have are not geared toward multitasking, and as we are trying to juggle a lot of things, we change – for me, I change topics every fifteen minutes or every hour.”. As we deal with more demands on our time and new generations join the workforce, engaging learners and helping them become successful at their jobs becomes more and more challenging.

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. Research indicates that we can effectively train our brain to switch between tasks.

Learning, Net Generation, Mind Mapping, Brain Training, & SharePoint

Big Dog, Little Dog

The results of this study contradicted the prevailing view of Net Generation learners as being technologically - savvy multitaskers who live and breathe digital technology and favor teamwork and collaboration. Does brain training really work? - BRAIN IMAGING 'NOT PROOF'. Harvesting Learning's Fruit: A Downstream Training Investment - Living in Learning. A graphic illustration for a sense of what harvesting means and when we accomplish it.

Brain Rules & learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Neuroscientists have figured out a lot about how the brain works in the time since the fMRI was invented 18 years ago. A developmental molecular biologist named John Medina has summarized many of these finding as they relate to learning in a marvellous book and multimedia site entitled Brain Rules. We know for sure that: Exercise boosts brain power. No two brains are the same. Learning physically changes our brains: “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”.

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Learning Tweets – and the Case Against Them

Bottom-Line Performance

One rule is clear – using twitter or other social learning techniques in a classroom is highly likely to be counterproductive, since multitasking is a myth. Check out this interview with Dr. John Medina, the author of Brain Rules to hear the case against multi-tasking. Basically, the “attentional spotlight” – located in the parietal lobe of your brain - is incapable of simultaneous processing.

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

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That said, it has to be presented in a concise, engaging, and brain-friendly manner. In our distractible age, we have to discover ways to work with our brains to learn instead of against them. Instead of overloading the brain with information, microlearning targets essential information. While we have access to more information than ever, we can only focus on one thing at a time (see: the myth of multitasking ). You’re at a coffee shop catching up on emails.

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. David Rock, co-founder of the Neuroleadership Institute told Entrepreneur that saving the more challenging work for last is an energy sap — “Every decision we make tires the brain.” Do a brain dump that is. Performance Management attention brain focus

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.

How to Use Microlearning to Boost Productivity in the Workplace


As much as we might like to think our brains are super-machines that can get anything done if we just “put our minds to it,” brains have strict limits that no amount of wishful thinking can overcome.

Microlearning: The Workplace Trend Proven to Boost Productivity


As much as we might like to think our brains are super machines that can get anything done if we just “put our minds to it,” brains have strict limits that no amount of wishful thinking can overcome.

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


On the plus side, the report found that people’s ability to multitask has dramatically improved. Researchers concluded that the changes were a result of the brain’s ability to adapt and change itself over time and a weaker attention span is a direct consequence of going mobile. When faced with the challenge of processing the huge amounts of information it is being presented with, the brain brings forth several control measures.

5 Tips to Time Management for Maximum Productivity

Your Training Edge

If you do, then it is important that you work on them first thing in the morning- The human brain works best in the morning. Avoid multitasking. Research shows that multitasking lowers an individual’s performance by nearly 40%. How good are you with time management? Are you maximally productive at work?

Personal processing

Clark Quinn

One of the major appeals of mobile is having versatile digital capabilities, the rote/complex complement to our pattern-matching brains, (I really wanted to call my mobile book ‘augmenting learning’) with us at all times. Our brains work in active and reflective modes, and our cognitive augment will similarly complement those needs. I was thinking about a talk on mobile I’m going to be giving, and realized that mobile is really about personal processing.

The AGES Model can help learning stick

CLO Magazine

The brain learns best when an experience engages the hippocampus, a region of the brain that’s active when new information is embedded into long-term memory. This also means that multitasking is the archenemy of learning. The word itself is misleading, since studies reveal that in reality, multitasking involves not simultaneous processing, but rapid switching between tasks. Studies also show that the brain tends to lose focus after about 20 minutes.

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist


Sticky notes started appearing on computers, calendars were full of scheduled meetings, and multitasking became the buzzword. Using a few simple tools, such as prioritizing, chunking and brain dumps can get you in better control of where to focus your attention. Multitasking —One fact you should know: multitasking is a myth. Brain Dump— Time management is not completely dead – it just requires an update for today’s digital workplace.

The Forgetting Curve: What It Is and Why It Matters

Bottom-Line Performance

Is his brain an outlier? In a more expensive example, learners fly in, participate in a training event while multitasking and checking their phones, fly home, and move on with their lives. Since the human brain is wired to forget without repeated exposure and practice, trainers have to think beyond an event-based model. If you’ve been in the industry long enough, you’ve probably heard about (drum roll please) the forgetting curve.