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Demystifying Cognitive Load Theory

ID Mentors

Cognitive load theory is credited to the work and research of John Sweller in the 1980s. In this article, I try and decode it to help Instructional Designers understand the concept and apply it when they design learning material. Hopefully, this will reduce Cognitive Load!

Cognitive Load Theory and Employee Training


In psychology, this concept is known as Cognitive Load Theory. In this article, you’ll learn what this theory entails and how you can create a training program that doesn’t overwhelm your employees DAVE ANDERSON | 5 MIN READ.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Another take on Cognitive Load Theory

Learning Visions

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Another take on Cognitive Load Theory The authors of the Eide Neurolearning Blog weigh in on recent research and articles on cognitive load (including the death of Powerpoint that have been talked about here ). The TIPP learning theory showed me to be Traditional Personal with a visual preference (although I was also high on the auditory scale).

Cognitive Load, Rorschach Test, Classrooms, Design, & Coffee

Big Dog, Little Dog

The Many Faces of Cognitive Load Theory - ASTD. Cognitive load theory has been used to generate a wide range of instructional procedures, some of which are summarized here. The New York Times has an article on it: A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: NewsFlash: PowerPoint Bad For Learning

Learning Visions

Wednesday, April 04, 2007 NewsFlash: PowerPoint Bad For Learning Found via SlashDot , an article in todays Sydney Morning Herald " Research points the finger at PowerPoint." Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

How to Sprint Strategically A Fresh Look at Onboarding and New Hire Programs

Training Industry

Lately, there’s been a surge of interest in new ideas and approaches to onboarding or new hire programs, which makes sense, since onboarding of new employees and reskilling of existing staff are the mainstay of our work. Unlike other areas of corporate development, such as leadership, sales or compliance, new ideas and processes for onboarding programs are lacking. Your program must reflect the balance or hierarchy of these two components: socialization and time to competency.

2018: This Year in Learning– 109 Curated L&D Articles from 2018

The Learning Dispatch

Below are our recommended learning and development articles from the past 12 months, including thought-provoking or simply fun articles related to the field.Did you have a favorite L&D post from 2017? Recommended Learning and Development Articles from Our Senior Learning Architect.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: One Academics View

Learning Visions

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: One Academics View A long time ago, I decided I was much better at the practical side of things than the theoretical. but rather because he brings up some interesting points about the disconnect between the theory of instructional design in academia and the actual practice of it. See what John has to say in Instructional Design and Academia -- Where Theory and Practice RARELY Meet.

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Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Related to the strategy above, try to concentrate on workplace (or real life) performance, rather than on extraneous facts and theories. Although this usually requires a higher budget than other strategies, look around for pre-programmed games that work with your tool set.

Mini glossary of artificial intelligence


The term artificial intelligence and its abbreviation “AI” are most often used to refer to a machine or software whose operation is based on the cognitive faculties of human intelligence. In computer science and technology, a computer program consists of a set of algorithms.

6 Best Practices For Applying Spaced Learning In Online Training

Obsidian Learning

Are you concerned about cognitive overload undermining the effectiveness of your online training program? To apply this in your online training program, create stories, real world examples , and eLearning assessments that help employees see the connection.

Measuring the Impact of Digital Technology on L&D Value

Learning Wire

Andragogy, or adult education, still has much to contribute, while anthropology can open our eyes to why people want to learn—imitation is described as the basic mechanism of learning by René Girard, a French anthropologist (1923-2015), in his “Mimetic Theory”. And they must also track the latest developments in cognitive science so that they can add any new findings to their work. Other skills that have taken a back seat in modern training programs should once again be prioritized.

[IN DEPTH ANALYSIS] Does a sense of community matter in online training?


Essential to the success of an online training course, the learner engagement involves several interacting dimensions: cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social or socio-emotional. While we looked at the first three in a previous article , we will explore here the latter.

A Look Back At The Years Best From Learning Science And Instructional Design

Mike Taylor

Every Friday I post a weekly recap of the best articles, posts, and resources I find from the intersection of learning, design, and technology. Simplifying Cognitive Load Theory. Adam Boxer ( @adamboxer1 ) takes a stab and simplifying the cognitive load theory.

The Most Popular Blog Posts for 2016


When anyone asks, you're happy to tell them all about the cognitive theories of learning, and how your work is backed by the latest research. Planning and research are vital to the success of your online training program. Articles

A Brief History of Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Consequently, training programs which were based on the principles of learning, instruction and human behavior, began to be developed. The Programmed Instruction Movement – Mid-1950s to Mid-1960s. Instructional Design has come a long way.

10 Helpful Resources for Online Course Designers


It’s the functional application of design aspects like color theory, typography, and user experience to the goal of teaching. Clark, it’s based on research about cognitive learning behaviors.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles as Fortune Telling

Learning Visions

As a practical person, I tend to avoid theory. But in my quest for an informal M.Ed, Ive got to get into theory a bit, right? I was pointed in the direction of a good article on learning styles from Harold Stolovich via Guy Wallace.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Im not looking for the obtuse theory books. The book builds on the 4C/ID model described in the 2002 article that John Curry linked to. Theory vs. Application in Instructional Design: On.

Instructional Design: The Process – 1

Origin Learning

Instructional Design (ID) is a process or systematic approach to developing the various learning courses or programs. Enough has been written about ID and its various theories and models that define the various approaches or strategies to learning design.

MOOC reflections

Clark Quinn

The Stanford model, as I understand it (and I haven’t taken one), features a rigorous curriculum of content and assessments, in technical fields like AI and programming. As was pointed out by Lisa Chamberlin and Tracy Parish in an article , this can be problematic. I was recently chided that the learning theories I subscribe to are somewhat dated, and guilty as charged; my grounding has taken a small hit by my not being solidly in the academic community of late.

Singapore Learning Symposium Resources #SLS2013

Kapp Notes

Information about the MIT-GAMBIT Game Lab program, which has ended, can be found here. Here are some links to interested articles on that topic. Here is an article from Wired on the subject. A Meta-Analysis of the Cognitive and Motivational Effects of Serious Games.

Why You Should Adopt Social Learning

EI Design

In this article, I will outline why you should adopt social learning ; I will also outline some best practices and ideas on where you can use social learning meaningfully. I quote from an earlier article What is social learning and how can you use it to foster collaborative learning.

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The Top 10 Challenges that eLearning Professionals Face Everyday


From time to time, you are going to come across a Subject Matter Expert who is new to the world of eLearning or doesn’t know much about Instructional design models and theories. It’s also important to consider cognitive overload when you’re creating your eLearning content.

Skills for an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Convergence Training

And those are going to be the skills we’ll discuss in this article. Part of this is explained by Daniel Kahneman and his System 1/System 2 theory of human cognition (from his book Thinking, Fast and Slow ). Our article about learning organizations .

Aristotle said it and it is still true: there’s no real knowledge without ethics


This article is part of our Learning research and innovation series, offered by Coorpacademy in association with the EPFL’s (Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, Switzerland) LEARN Center.

The Top 10 E-Learning Challenges L&D Pros Face Every Day


All of these hurdles prevent them from actively engaging with learning programs. R ead articles, blogs , reviews and even case studies related to these technologies. It’s also important to consider cognitive overload when you’re creating your e-learning content.

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How Experiential Learning Benefits Your Employees

Ed App

Implementing experiential learning in your employee development program offers a plethora of benefits to the company’s functionality and success. In 1984, David Kolb developed the Experiential Learning Theory (fig.

The Social Learning Revolution in eLearning


Social learning is an age-old learning and teaching strategy, backed by many cognitive scientists. While retouching social learning theories is a requirement for this article, we cannot overstate the benefits this effort can incur for training professionals.

Why L&D professionals should encourage Self-Directed Learning


Even though all this sounds very 21st century when everybody is going to therapy, taking up all sorts of classes and striving to be mindful at least ten minutes a day, Knowles came up with this theory in the 1950s. Self-directed learning (SDL) is not a recent concept.

Serious eLearning: Course Topic and Game Goal


Motivation and behavior theories have been pointing instruction designers and eLearning developers in this direction too. In this article we uncover the motivational secrets behind a game-based eLearning program and how to create a perfect game goal before designing a serious game.

Setting Meaningful and Measurable Learning Objectives: The importance of goals


In this article, we’ll take a look at the theory behind setting well-defined eLearning objectives and explain how corporate trainers can produce measurable learning objectives with the help of some examples of meaningful and measurable learning outcomes.

Learning Styles in Training Development: Truth or Myth?


I did some more research to read (visual learner here) about both sides of this learning theory in the education and eLearning communities. He actually believes there are several types of learning styles, including cognitive, affective, and perceptual.

How I became a learning experience designer

Clark Quinn

Besides a serious several years being enchanted with submarines (still am, in theory, but realized I probably wouldn’t get along with the Navy for my own flaws), I always wanted to have a big desk covered with cool technology, exploring new ideas.

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6 tips to help you launch a successful online certification training course


In this article, I’ll share 6 tips to launch it successfully, and increase your sales stats. In most cases, corporate learners are mainly interested in skill-building resources that focus on practicality instead of theory.

6 Killer Examples Of Gamification In eLearning

Adobe Captivate

In this article, I will share 6 examples that outline how we have created immersive learning experiences using gamification for varied training needs like induction and onboarding, professional skills enhancement, compliance, soft skills enhancement, and behavioral change programs.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Go Read a Book

Learning Visions

Reading Well by moriza 73% of Americans said they had read "a book of some kind", according to a survey cited in this fascinating article (I was reading way past my bedtime last night): Twilight of the Books: What will life be like if people stop reading?

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