Multitasking and Learning

Written by: Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D.

Evidence that multitasking and learning don’t mix continues to grow. The article referenced below cites numerous studies reporting negative relationships between technology multitasking and learning. This should concern teachers, given how many students are avid technology users. They are tweeting, checking Facebook, searching online, emailing, listening to music, and instant messaging at the same time they are studying or in class. Students in this study were taking courses at an institution where the average class size was a bit less than 23. Even with these rather small classes, 50 percent of the students said they were frequently text messaging in class. Twenty-five percent reported frequently checking Facebook while in class.

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