How to Fight Multitasking using Brain Rules

One year later…

… I sit to blog.

Sorry for not blogging in so long! And really, I think I owe myself the apology.

Perhaps it was laziness, but I’d rather think it was because I was prepping for my wedding in August. By the way, I’m a married man now.

Excuses aside, it’s about time I get back in the habit of blogging, or why else keep this website?

The troublesome trick about blogging is you always need to be looking for something to blog about. When you fall out of that mode, you may find it difficult to jump back into it, like I am today.

However, luckily I have been working on a small* presentation about John Medina’s book Brain Rules for my co-workers. Medina’s book does a fantastic job of providing useful tips (or as we call them in 2018, “hacks”) for exploiting discoveries in neuroscience to your advantage. Many of the tips correspond to regular every day life, but he does include several precious nuggets of information that can be directly applied to instructional design and eLearning.

I found that the chapters about attention, memory, sensory integration, vision, and music can all directly be applied to a pervasive problem educators are dealing with in today’s digital age: multitasking! I’m talking about paying attention to class, seminar, or webinar, while also conducting work (?) or maybe just putz-ing around on your device. Brain Rules gives great advice on how to combat this multitask tendency by using brain science.

You can find my presentation here. It’s fairly easy to follow without my guidance. Enjoy!

* Because I loathe bullet point-riddled PowerPoint presentations, you’ll see that my presentation includes 61 slides. But don’t let this number intimidate you. I understand the importance of visuals and cognitive load. As a result, I have many slides, but no BORING, drab slides with excesses of bulleted sentences.

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