Does media-multitasking interfere with learning?
Abstract: In the age of technology, multitasking has become a rite of passage for the media warriors in all of us. Media warriors come in all shapes and sizes surrounded by gadgets and gigabytes that promise to make modern life easier for the young, hip, and old alike. The “M” word operates as a proxy for our busy and often overscheduled lives. This study incorporates quantitative methods to examine if media multitasking interferes with studying habits among college students. The following questions are investigated: (a)Do multi-channel processing affect academic performance?(b)Do students learn better or worse in media-layering learning environments?(c)How do these results impact teaching and learning?
Presider: Thanh Truc Nguyen, Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa