Listening to an Educational Podcast While Walking or Jogging: Can Students Really Multitask?
Joke Coens, Ellen Degryse, Marie-Paul Senecaut, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kulak, Belgium ; Jorge Cottyn, Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaanderen, Belgium ; Geraldine Clarebout, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kulak, Belgium
IJMBL Volume 3, Number 3, ISSN 1941-8647 Publisher: IGI Global
The advent of podcasting offers opportunities for students to learn while performing another activity. While podcasting is advocated by many as helping to learn anywhere and anytime, research indicates that it is not so easy for people to do two things at the same time. Two experiments were set up to examine the effect of performing a secondary task while learning with an iPod. In the experimental groups, the participants had to combine a learning task (listening to an educational podcast) with a secondary task (walking or jogging). The control group only had to perform a learning task. Afterwards, all the participants had to complete a learning test. In the first study, there were no significant differences between the learning performances of students of the different conditions. In the second study, the students who were sitting down outperformed the students who were moving while studying.
Coens, J., Degryse, E., Senecaut, M.P., Cottyn, J. & Clarebout, G. (2011). Listening to an Educational Podcast While Walking or Jogging: Can Students Really Multitask?. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3(3), 23-33. IGI Global.