Multitasking in an Academic Environment

Photo credits to Concordia University

Photo credits to Concordia University

Using my experience as a reference, I would say being a student requires alot of mutiltasking. By multitasking, we usually are engaging ourselves in more than one task simultaneously. Generally, one of the several examples to students multitasking would be the use of smart devices in a lecture. In fact, even yesterday, me and my colleagues had to use our respective smart devices to search for advertisements that is required for our tutorial class. Although all of us had a choice of bringing our own printed advertisements such as magazines, or newspapers, most of them prefered using their phones to search for contents in class instead. And at the end of our tute, since we only had an hour to render our individual unfurnished two-page essay, we managed to head to the nearest computer lab to edit.

Since it was not an online submission, most students always save their files into their hard disks or pen drives. As for me, I always choose to send my files through Facebook’s inbox incase those commonly used dekstops are corrupted by virus. Plus, as we usually print our assignments in the nearest stationary shops around our campus, it sure is alot easier to download the file directly from Facebook and getting it print. That way I also save my effort in having to carry my hard disk around. And in some cases, for those friends who are sick at home, they would usually send us the file to print in order to submit without delay. In addition to that, these smart devices also provide us distinctive contents such as camera, notes, or even Whatssap which indeed helps us to snap information during lecture and to distribute them instantly to those concerned.

Considering these excessive need for the use of smart devices in higher academics, several researches were made distinguishing the benefits and drawbacks of it on students and their concentration during class. Namely, Sana argues how students uncertainly will use other unfit laptop applications such as games and social networking while lecture goes on. Adding on, she even supports her statement with an experiment conducted on students who multitask scored lower, than students who did not. Evidently, this suggest multitasking on a laptop within classroom premises a distraction among students and their peers. On that condition, multitasking among students has also brought significant paradigm shift towards their roles as individuals and a content. Students, even lecturers, are said to occupy a hybrid position as a user and a producer at the same time- they are produsers. Their fluidity among varies roles are usually between leaders, participants and users of content. Matter of fact, the use of online portals in higher academic grounds does intersect the hybrid positions between students and lecturers.

References:

Taylor, J. 2011, Myth of Multitasking, seattle pi, viewed on 10/10/2014,

http://blog.seattlepi.com/jimtaylor/2011/03/30/myth-of-multitasking/

Sana, F. Weston, T. Wiseheart, M. 2013, Laptop hinder classroom learning for both users and nearby peers, York University, viewed on 10/10/2014,

http://www.yorku.ca/ncepeda/laptopFAQ.html

Bruns, A. 2007, Produsage: Towards a Broader Framework for User-Led Content Creation, accessed on 30/5/2014,

https://moodle.uowplatform.edu.au/pluginfile.php/215855/mod_resource/content/1/6623.pdf

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One thought on “Multitasking in an Academic Environment

  1. I think we have personally seen some students doing their assignments on their laptops while lectures are going on. Some may think that they are able to do more than one thing at a time, such as doing
    their assignments while listening to lectures, but unfortunately I can’t because I know that I will lose concentration on either one or both the task. Well, it’s definitely easy to multi-task for situation like this one – drinking a can of Soda while cycling or walking, and this is because we don’t use much of our brain to think.

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