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Listening to an Educational Podcast While Driving a Car: Can Students Really Multitask? PROCEEDINGS

, , , , Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Kulak, Belgium

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Mobile technologies provide an anytime and anywhere access for learning (Price, 2007). Students can learn when it is convenient for them. It follows that mobile learning offers possibilities for students to become educational multitaskers. They can learn with a mobile device while they are performing an additional task. A study was set up to address the effect of multitasking on mobile learning in general and podcasting in particular. The effect of performing a secondary task (driving) while listening to an educational podcast (learning Spanish words) was examined. The results show that it was the driving performance of the participants rather than the learning performance that was affected by the multitasking.

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Coens, J., Senecaut, M.P., Reynvoet, B. & Clarebout, G. (2011). Listening to an Educational Podcast While Driving a Car: Can Students Really Multitask?. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2011 (pp. 3858-3863). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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