Multitasking

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: You’re Not as Productive as You Think

KnowledgeCity

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 Metrics of Learning and Dangers of Multitasking

mLevel

The Dangers of Multitasking and How it Relates to Learning. ” She also notes, “A study at the University Of London found that subjects who multitasked experienced drops in their IQ comparable to someone who missed a night of sleep” [2].

Multitasking or Attention Switching?

Upside Learning

As a general search on the web will reveal, there is quite a debate about multitasking and task switching. He needs to either multitask – to monitor the word streams and identify the words that occur in the set, or he must constantly switch focus from window to window.

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.

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

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. Multitasking or excessive task switching may not be the best for our memory skills. eLearning Multitasking Multitasking or Attention Switching

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. It’s one multitasking practice that I’m good at. Clive Shepherd - How should presenters address multitasking? Multitasking learners?

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? 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.

More multitasking madness

Clive on Learning

Research led by Dr Helen Hodgetts and Professor Dylan Jones at Cardiff University has shown that pop-ups that appear on your screen to herald the arrival of new emails, tweets, etc. slow down your work by more than you think. The research showed that even an interruption of a few seconds loses us a disproportionate amount of time as we try to find our place. This gem was reported in the Brighton Evening Argus , not normally the first place you look for the latest research.

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

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.

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.

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.

Typing, Talent, eLearning, Google, & Multitasking

Big Dog, Little Dog

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. But the typewriter part of Flores' business never went away. In some ways, it's even made a small resurgence.

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

Knowledge Building and Enhancement Through Multitasking Mobile Devices

ATD Learning Technologies

In my previous post, I talked about the boundless possibilities of m-learning since anything can trigger a learning experience when we use today´s multitasking portable devices. I also defined mobile learning as a limitless knowledge-building enabler and now, I would like to explore that concept a little bit further by referring to the built-in capabilities of mobile devices and the multiple interaction types as well as learning activities they can promote.

Social Networking, Performance Problems, Multitasking, & Research

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Myth of Multitasking - The New Atlantis. Study: Social networks may subvert 'digital divide' - c/net.

Don’t Try to Do So Many Things At Once

CLO Magazine

Employee attempts to multitask are putting a serious damper on their performance. He compared multitasking to revving an engine and why highway mileage is better than city mileage on a car’s gas tank. Performance Management cognitive load multitasking performance

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.

Over-rated - The Myth of Multitasking

Vignettes Learning

Christine Rosen writes on The Myth of Multitasking, The New Atlantis, on the different studies debunking the idea that we learn best by multi-tasking. And when we sort of force ourselves to multitask, we're driving ourselves to perhaps be less efficient in the long run even though it sometimes feels like we're being more efficient."

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. Ask A Gen Y multitasking productivity task management

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.

5 Steps to More Useful Webinars Using Microlearning & Social Networks

InSync Training

And when learners do attend a live session, they automatically put themselves into a “listen only” mindset; intending to multitask their way through the session with the hope that they will pick up the important points. When we introduce a new topic, we often start with a webinar.

11 Efficient Learning Practices for Onboarding

TeamFluent

Multitasking is so commonplace now that research is saying it is actually not such a good thing for us In the current state of the world, it seems like everyone is trying to do more in less time.

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

Learnkit

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. A common concern arises when the topic of elearning comes up.

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?

Training: The End of Anonymity

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

All of that is the perfect recipe for attendees to multitask, dip in and out, turn down the audio, and drift away. by Jennie Ruby, COTP. An online class is not a webinar. Webinars have a well-earned reputation for being snooze fests. Often they are required attendance. The speakers are not necessarily experienced public speakers. The content may or may not be intrinsically interesting—think, policy roll-out for next year’s open enrollment insurance period.

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Big Ways Microlearning Helps Employees

Coreaxis

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. Technology has changed the way we perceive information. Research shows that the average adult’s attention span today is 8 seconds—down from 12 seconds in 2000.

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.

Yesterday’s Procrastination – Today’s Waste of Time

Edmego Learning

Multitasking is not wise. Powered By the Tweet This Plugin Tweet This At times multitasking can really be a time killer so it is super important to prioritize. Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday ~~ Don Marquis. This is one of my new favorite quotes. We are all guilty of procrastinating in one way or another. There may be parts of our job that we hate doing but we have no choice. We hate working on our taxes so we put it off until tomorrow.

The Forgetting Curve: What It Is and Why It Matters

Bottom-Line Performance

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. If you’ve been in the industry long enough, you’ve probably heard about (drum roll please) the forgetting curve.

10 Types of Learners in ELearning

LearnDash

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.

#ASTD2014 Keynote report: Arianna Huffington: Thrive

Challenge to Learn

Get enough sleep, go offline, don’t try to multitask. The first keynote of the conference by Arianna Huffington. No success stories about the Huffington post, but a presentation on Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder. Arianna had a burnout caused by sleep-deprivation and non-stop working. This made her wonder if this was the way she wanted to live her life and the answer is no. Her basic message is that you have to take care of yourself and (as a manager) of your employees.

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