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But students can't multitask when they are trying to learn something, and that's because learning is not like a lot of other activities. It requires sophisticated mental processing that's easily compromised by multitasking. And that's a fact. It's been well established in the research for years, and it continues to be verified by more recent research findings.

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., has edited The Teaching Professor newsletter since 1987 and writes the Teaching Professor blog at She is a professor emerita of Teaching and Learning at Penn State Berks. Dr. Weimer has consulted with over 300 colleges and universities on instructional issues and regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences. She has published many books, including: Inspired College Teaching: A Career- Long Resource for Professional Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning: Professional Literature that Makes a Difference (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2002).

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Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class?