Can Multitasking be Learned in a Multimedia Classroom Environment?
Lin Lin, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study will examine if students can learn to multitask in a multimedia classroom environment. The following research questions will be investigated: 1) Can people truly multitask in a multimedia learning environment? 2) Does exposure to multiple technologies improve people's abilities to multitask? 3) Can people learn to multitask better through repeated exercises in multitasking? Two groups of college students, 30 in each group, will participate in the study. One group serves as a control group (without multitasking) and another as an experimental group (being immersed in multitasking and multimedia activities). Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be used. It is hypothesized that over a period of time and through repeated exercises, the students in the experimental group will learn to multitask better. The findings of the study will help lead to a series of research in multitasking and multimedia learning environments.
Lin, L. (2008). Can Multitasking be Learned in a Multimedia Classroom Environment?. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2707-2710). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).