Tony Karrer

As way of background for this month's big question - , I went to eLearning Learning and looked up Multitasking. Access to more information tools is not necessarily making people more efficient in their intellectual chores." " 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! Multitasking actually takes longer.

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.

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. He provides great information about how to stop as well – well worth a read. Hit the jump - How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking. Related posts: Multitasking or Attention Switching? Earlier I’ve written about multi-tasking and published a small interaction to help you draw conclusions about it.

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.

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.

Younger Generation NOT Good at Multitasking Either!

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.

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.

3 Reasons We Love Informal Learning Culture at Work


It’s official: Informal workspaces are the next big thing in employee satisfaction, especially where L&D is concerned. Here’s why: Informal Culture Encourages Multitasking. Employees learn to multitask and are motivated to stay sharp.

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.

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.

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.

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. So, neural signals coming from our eyes, carrying information about vision, travel to the primary visual cortex (Iconic Memory 30%). To avoid Multitasking as this leads to reduced learning.

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.

The case against multi-tasking is building

Clive on Learning

An article, The Myth of Multitasking , in this month’s Management Today magazine, adds to the backlash against the frenetic task switching that has become so common in the past few years, as more and more communication channels open up alongside new mobile technologies. See my posts A challenge to the multitasking assumption and The Big Question: How should presenters address multitasking? " "The cost of time lost recovering from informational interruptions is $1bn."

Big Ways Microlearning Helps Employees


Technology has changed the way we perceive information. 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.

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist


Sticky notes started appearing on computers, calendars were full of scheduled meetings, and multitasking became the buzzword. Then the digital information age took over. Today’s workplace has become a hotbed of information overload and constant digital and human distractions.

Should Your Association Have a Podcast Channel?

Blue Sky eLearn

Now with podcasts, people have the opportunity to effectively multitask while doing mundane work. Everyone with a smartphone has access to this robust and efficient stream of information and with your own podcast channel you have better odds attracting millennials and successful professionals to view your content. Podcasts have become increasingly popular over the past decade and as a millennial I am going to give my insights as to why.

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.

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. When faced with the challenge of processing the huge amounts of information it is being presented with, the brain brings forth several control measures.

How we spend our time in the UK

Clive on Learning

But by multitasking - effectively using two or more devices at once - the survey found that young adults were able to squeeze the equivalent of nine hours 32 minutes worth of consumption into that time.” Before getting carried away, it is important to realise that there are very real doubts about whether multitasking is actually possible.

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.

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.

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.



We walk around with little computers in our pockets & share information with e ach other within seconds. We love incorporating infographics into modules because it is a great way to combine color, images & information in a short-condensed package.

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!

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.

Open Office, Work Culture, and Productivity

The Peformance Improvement

It''s way more efficient and less maddening than having my Gchat icon flashing all day, since I already suffer from multitasking overload, thanks to email, Yammer, Campfire, social media, and multiple browser tabs.

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.

Jay Cross's Informal Learning - Untitled Article

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Informal Learning Flow is back! It’s my one-stop-shop for keeping up with things that influence informal learning — and generally don’t show up on traditional learning sites. Portrait of a Multitasking Mind - Scientific American , December 14, 2009. Why We Don’t Care About Information Overload - , December 8, 2009. and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives - Informal Learning , December 13, 2009.

April 2010 Great ones

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Best from Informal Learning Flow. Motivated Multitasking: How the Brain Keeps Tabs on Two Tasks at Once - Scientific American , April 15, 2010. is a philosophy, not a technology - Informal Learning , April 10, 2010. Tags: Informal Learning April 1, 2010 to April 30, 2010. From Social Media to Social Strategy - , April 1, 2010. The iPad isn’t a computer, it’s a distribution channel - OReilly Radar , April 13, 2010.

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5 Ways Mobile Learning Can Enhance Your Course


It’s no secret that cramming is bad for retaining information. This is because, when we first learn information, it piles up in our short-term memory. It takes time for our brains to identify which pieces of information in our short-term memory are important enough to move to long-term storage. In an 8-hour cramming session, our short-term memory becomes overloaded and we simply can’t hold all that information in.

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.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Develop a Personalized Learning Plan

EI Design

One size does not fit all, and learning experience needs to be customized to suit the learner’s expectations: We live in a world of multitasking and need to juggle various mandates at the same time. More relevant information for the learners leads to more engaged learners.

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.

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.

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Grab Learner Attention with Your Course Content


Want to cut down on distractions and multitasking during your course? Stories not only structure information in a meaningful way, they also tap into emotions and other powerful cultural references. I once took a linguistic course in which the students were all given sample sentences in an invented language along with their translations, and we had to use that information to describe the language’s grammar.