The Metrics of Learning and Dangers of Multitasking


Hundreds of studies have been completed regarding how humans learn, process, and store information. hours to read “Good to Great”, how much information is actually retained? The Dangers of Multitasking and How it Relates to Learning.

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.

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Is Media Multitasking a Myth? by Pamela S. Hogle

Learning Solutions Magazine

Many learners believe that they are good at multitasking; even more believe that they successfully “media multitask”—simultaneously process multiple streams of media information. Do they? Research indicates that they do not. Learning Research Performance Support

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.

Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy


In todays’ time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development. The deluge of available information and decreasing attention span.

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.

Old vs New Ways of Thinking About…

Kapp Notes

Looking at the difference between old and new ways of thinking about knowledge, information, learning, video games and other critical concepts. Informal. Interface and Information are Separate. Information is the Interface. Information Processing. Multitasking. Informal. Perception of…. Knowledge. Structured. Books, Memos, SOPs). Unstructured. (IM, IM, Blog, email). Organizational Structure. Hierarchical Team-based Structure.

Have You Had Your Daydream Today?

Obsidian Learning

References: Anderson, Andrea, “Multitasking by Brainwave”, Scientific American: Scientific American, a division of Nature America, Inc., New post Have You Had Your Daydream Today? on Obsidian Learning.

10 Types of Learners in ELearning


They may be multitaskers who find elearning to be a waste of time, or they may be devoted to understanding the course content. One of the great things about elearning is that it can be delivered consistently to anyone who takes the course.

Typing, Talent, eLearning, Google, & Multitasking

Big Dog, Little Dog

This is information retrieval, not knowledge formation. Multitasking Can Make You Lose. When it comes to Multitasking, it depends what you're doing. Typewriter stays relevant in technology-saturated world Boing Boing & LA Times.

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? More information Love-Hate Theory, Learner Motivation, Connectivism and Other Such Thoughts. Sahana Chattopadhyay in ID and Other Reflections.

The Learning and Forgetting Curve: How to Make eLearning Memorable


Multitasking with techno-stimulators: mobile phones, tablets, i-tunes and you get the drift. Visuals and auditory stimulation activates the brain to focus and process these information signals and make sense out of them. But I thought multitasking got things done faster!

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.

Micro-Learning as a Workplace Learning Strategy

ID Reflections

In today''s time-crunched, attention-deficit and multitasking world, micro-learning seems to have cropped up as a possible solution to corporate learning and personal development.

Younger Generation NOT Good at Multitasking Either!

Will at Work Learning

Generation Y, millennials, iPod Generation, better at multitasking then their elders. It says: People in general are not good at multitasking. Young people are no better than their elders at multitasking. Multitasking actually takes longer. Learning done while multitasking is shallower learning, leading not to deep understanding (and flexible mental models) but only to an ability to regurgitate rote information.

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

SHIFT eLearning

The current era is often referred to as the Age of Information; however, it could just as easily be called the Age of Distraction or the Age of Interruptio n as, although humanity has never in its history been entirely distraction free, distractions have never been more rampant as they are today.

Embracing Mindfulness as a Corporate Leadership Strategy


As a leadership strategy, mindfulness is beneficial in helping employees make informed decisions, stay on task and build an engaged work environment. And the research is quite impressive: Mindfulness leads to better concentration, staying on task and multitasking.

Improve Your Sales Training in 4 Easy Ways using a Blended Learning Approach

Enyota Learning

Sales professionals are required to multitask to be successful in their jobs. Complete information should be at their fingertips to be able to talk to their potential customers. Sharing of information just-in-time.

What The Future Holds For Game-Based eLearning: 8 Points To Consider

EI Design

In the meantime, they gather information that will help them overcome everyday challenges and improve performance. Online learners don’t have a second to waste, which means that they need the information quickly and conveniently. Now that’s what I call multitasking!

Learning Through Virtual Classrooms: A new-age workplace learning trend


Share and Display Information. The Screen Sharing feature allows instructors as well as learners to share their current screen to display relevant information. This provides the opportunity to multitask during the session as well as take care of security concerns, if any.

Fundamental Considerations For Designing M-Learning Solutions (Part 1)

ATD Learning Technologies

Last week, I described mobile devices as multitasking tools that enable users to seamlessly collaborate and communicate with others, to consume and create content, and to research and manage information. These learning activities help the new generation of connected learners make sense of the world around them as they navigate and apply knowledge on the go.

April 2011 Monthly Roundup: 7 Most Popular Posts

Upside Learning

Amongst others were articles on digital natives, Lego and creativity, multitasking etc. Multitasking Takes Toll On Memory, Study Finds. Multitasking or excessive task switching may not be the best for our memory skills.

Blended Learning and Mobile Performance Support: Ahead of the Curve

Bottom-Line Performance

By reinforcing the learning at well-timed intervals, you’ll give your learners, who are already challenged with multitasking and daily distractions, the best opportunity for success. “We can’t keep thinking of training as a one-time event.”

Leveling Up: Why Gamers Make Better Learners


In other words, gamers are better at layering information to understand what they need to do in order to level up in the game.

Personal processing

Clark Quinn

Ok, so responding to email, looking up information, and more might require the phone for a keyboard (I confess to not being a big Siri user, mea culpa), but it’s still where/when/ever. Sure, we’ll get more powerful capabilities (they’re touting multitasking on tablets now), and the boundaries will blur, but I still think there’ll be the things we do when we’re on the go, and the things we’ll stop and be reflective about.

We’re Hiring! Customer Success Specialist (Dublin)


Self-motivated with a high attention to detail and ability to multitask. Good judgment in analyzing information to make routine decisions. LearnUpon is a cloud-based software company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Sydney, New York, and Belgrade.

4 Ways to Jump Start an eLearning Lesson

Integrated Learnings

1-- Make information that isn’t part of the course content available via buttons. That way, this information is accessible to learners without setting a bland tone for the lesson. --2-- 4-- Make the title slide multitask. For example, an informal pre-quiz can be an effective way to acknowledge what learners already know about a topic, while also making them aware of what they don’t know, to help prime them for upcoming content. By Shelley A. Gable.

Microlearning: How to Get Started?

CommLab India

And as employees today are way too occupied multitasking and running around to meet deadlines, it becomes difficult for them to manage time between project deadlines to accommodate training. Providing one piece of information at a time supports better learning retention.

How to Build a Single Course That Satisfies Many Online Learners

Rapid eLearning

They’re happy with a list of information, how it impacts them, and what they need to do. Multitasker : these learners are a by-product of the Internet’s easy access to information.

7 Compelling Reasons Your Sales Force Needs Mobile Learning

CommLab India

They need the latest information and updates on the products or services they sell. The need to multitask and hyper competition have robbed sales training time in large enterprises. Providing the required information at their fingertips can help sale executives seal the deal.

Designing e-Learning for Maximum Motivation

Experiencing eLearning

“Expedited” path: Hit next without thinking, multitask, guess without consequence, random actions until give up. “Achievable challenges with appropriate risks” Withhold information until learner asks for it. These are my live blogged notes from the Designing e-Learning for Maximum Motivation webinar by Ethan Edwards of Allen Interactions. Any typos, mistakes, incomplete thoughts, etc. are likely mine, not the presenter’s. My side comments in italics.

February Informal Learning Hotlist

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best of Informal Learning Flow. Informal learning from the horse’s mouth - Informal Learning , February 3, 2010. Formalizing informal learning? - Learnlets , February 16, 2010. Does Apple Think Multitasking Is A Bug Not A Feature? Jay’s latest book focuses on social & informal learning in the cloud - Internet Time , January 31, 2010. Tags: General Informal Learning February 1, 2010 to February 27, 2010.

Millennials + Video = Love


Millennials are great at multitasking, socializing and networking and can use a laptop, a tablet and two smartphones at the same time. Millennials. Millennials. The generation almost everyone born before the '80s loves to hate. I can't blame them, really.

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Information Overload, Interruptions in Flow - Reduce Productivity

Vignettes Learning

Email Dashboard focuses on the problems and solutions to information overload , interruptions, and related issues. Information Overload - WikiPedia ). With the abundance of technology and massive growth of information, we need to avoid loss of focus and attention.

A Lesson Plan for eLearning

Coffee and Design

One problem with how most companies deliver information is that they expect people to spend too much time at one sitting. We work in a world of limited attention spans, unlimited demands on people’s time, and endless multitasking, Kelly says.

Personal Development: How to Involve Your Managers


When it comes to most managing jobs, one of the tasks included in managers’ job description is multitasking. Although multitasking, in general, isn’t recommended because it affects productivity, their job simply requires this way of thinking. Not everyone is a high-functioning multitasker. The second benefit is the possibility of transferring newfound information to the whole team.

Five Ways Mobile Learning Can Be a Boon For Healthcare Sales Professionals

CommLab India

They need to multitask – be aware of relevant regulatory laws, have extensive knowledge of their drugs and equipment, be knowledgeable of competing products, and be able to answer doctors’ queries effectively.