Situated Cognition

Clark Quinn

In a recent article , I wrote about three types of cognition that are changing how we think about how we think (how meta!). I think it’s important to understand these cognitions, and their implications. First, I want to talk about situated cognition. Cognitive psychology was a rebellion from this perspective. Associated with this was a new model of cognition. The post Situated Cognition appeared first on Learnlets.

Reconciling Cognitions and Contexts

Clark Quinn

In my past two posts, I first looked at cognitions (situated, distributed, social) by contexts (think, work, and learn), and then the reverse. Here’s the result of reconciling cognitions and contexts. So, taking each cell back in the original pass of cognitions by contexts, what results? For Work, not practices but principles (and the associated practices therefrom) as well as facilitation to support Situated Work.


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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. Hopefully, this will reduce Cognitive Load! What does Cognitive Load mean? The effort required to process new information by your working memory is known as Cognitive Load. High cognitive load requires more working memory resources and thus impacts the learning process. How can you determine if the Cognitive Load is high or low? Two factors impact Cognitive Load.

A Cognitive Audit?

Clark Quinn

In the recent Chief Learning Officer magazine, I wrote an article on the basics of the cognitive science of learning. And therefore, I reckon L&D needs to know the cognitive background. Knowing a suitable level of cognitive science is one thing, using that to assess your practices is another. Not at the neural level (there’s little of impact there ), but at the cognitive level. I’m drafting an initial such instrument, with associated recommendations.

Agile Microlearning Explained

COGNITIVE SCIENCE BEHIND OTTOLEARN v1.1 2THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE BEHIND OTTOLEARN OTTOLEARN COPYRIGHT © 2018 NEOVATION CORPORATION INTRODUCTION Disruptive technologies are critical to growth and success. OttoLearn leverages key theories from cognitive science to.

3 Ways to Use Cognitive Psychology to Improve Your Course


As it turns out, psychology—particularly cognitive psychology—has a lot of valuable lessons for e-learning. Music is strongly associated with states of awe, particularly music that spans a range of volumes, tones, and instruments. Cognitive psychology concepts aren’t about taking the easy road for expediency’s sake. The post 3 Ways to Use Cognitive Psychology to Improve Your Course appeared first on LearnDash.



Areas where I’ve used (and am using) interactive video is for conversational training such as a retail associate learning how to respond to customer requests. KEVIN THORN - CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS.

Solving Cognitive Overload with Point of Need Tools

Saffron Interactive

Why are workers struggling with cognitive overload? Let’s start with the background of why cognitive overload has crept up on us. The amount of data associated with our new digital infrastructure is unimaginable. It’s not about time, it’s about cognitive overload. Cognitive load theory was developed in the late 1980s out of a study of problem-solving by John Sweller. Well, it’s because they are suffering from cognitive overload.

The cognitive power of error

Clive on Learning

These were with cognitive neuroscientist Dr Itiel Dror talking about memory, Professor Stephen Heppell , discussing lifelong learning, and Associate Professor of Learning Technology Steve Wheeler , sharing his vision for future technologies. This is the cognitive power of error. This week I chaired three very enjoyable sessions at Learning Technologies 2013.

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Multisensory Teaching Techniques

Your Training Edge

Most students have a learning type- a way of receiving information that is optimal to their given personality and cognition. Faster Cognitive Development. Each sensory system has targets in the brain that stimulate cognitive function: Somatic/tactile learning promotes fine motor skills. Olfaction & gustatory systems provide strong sensations that remain strongly connected to the information they are associated with.

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You be the Judge: Who won the debate?


Last year, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) asked me to participate in a debate with my friend and colleague, Will Thalheimer. Featured LearningToGo Blog #instructionaldesign brain brain science cognition education elearning L&D learning and development memory neural networks neuroscience neurosciences talent development trainingThe question posed to us was this: Is Neuroscience an L&D Foundation?

Cognitive Restructuring, Direct Reports, Education, & Wikipedia

Big Dog, Little Dog

Cognitive restructuring and the fist bump terrorists - Mind Hacks. Thoughts on implicit association test (IAT), reductio ad absurdum argument, and cognitive restructuring using the recent satirical New Yorker cover depicting Obama and his wife as fist-bumping Islamic terrorists.

Taxonomy of Learning Theories

E-Learning Provocateur

For example, classical conditioning maintains that a neutral stimulus can be associated with another stimulus that elicits a particular response. This concept was demonstrated in the early 1900s by Ivan Pavlov, who reported that after a period of conditioning, a dog will associate the sound of a beating metronome (neutral stimulus) with food, and respond to it in the same manner (salivate). . Cognitive load . Academia is teeming with learning theories.

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Today, she teaches instructional designers, trainers, speakers, and leaders how to design and deliver training that is compelling, memorable and immediately useful by applying the latest discoveries from the converging fields of cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

Implicit bias affects us all

CLO Magazine

When people in your organization don’t fit neatly into your categories, it causes cognitive dissonance — a state in which existing beliefs are inconsistent with the evidence available. As a chief learning officer, you likely have experience with leadership development programs.

The Shoemaker’s Children – How Travel, Training and Social Learning Expand Your Mind


Note that with each item to be remembered there is an associated emotion. It is this relationship between space, emotion, memory, and cognition that I explore today. These cognitive tasks are accelerated and enhanced through the development of better and better mental maps in the hippocampus. Association for Talent Development (ATD). International Mentoring Association (IMA). International Mentoring Association Conference.

Your Ticket to Great Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Such a design helps the content to sit in the memory of learners because they can visually recall, associate and cluster concepts based on colors. Cognitive Load Theory warns against the dangers of overloading learners with too much information. Instructional Design Cognitive Load Theory good instructional design strategies Instructional design instructional design strategy instructional design tips Instructional design is certainly not an easy business.

The 3 C’s of Social Learning for Associations

WBT Systems

The 3 C’s of social learning for associations will help you decide what approach works best for your association members when incorporating social learning into the design of education programs. Like many individuals and organizations in modern society, associations maintain social media profiles for sharing content of interest to their members. Vygotsky’s theory emphasizes the fundamental role of social interaction in the development of cognition, outlined in this article.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice”

Adobe Captivate

Cognitive activity utilizes the symbols to perform computations, which we define as thinking. Cognitive apprenticeship is an approach related to PBL that involves a learner working alongside and observing how an expert in their field approaches and solves problems. For a problem solving exercise to be fully useful, the learner must be actively engaged, feel the problem is worth solving, and the associated thinking skills must be coached and modeled.

Knock-Knock! Is Anybody in There? – Why Your Brain is Still Essentially a Black Box


Skinner, you probably associate it with Behaviorism , a school of psychology that claims to be able to explain all human behavior as a response to stimuli from the outside world (reward or punishment.) Skinner had no patience for attempts to study feelings or cognitive processes. LearningToGo Blog AI Artificial Behaviorism Black Box brain cognition education Intelligence Learning memory neuroscience Psychology teaching training

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Designing eLearning for Schema Theory

Integrated Learnings

In short, the trick is to associate items with familiar visual cues. Instructional Design Recall eLearning Blog Workplace Learning Learning Theory Cognitive TheoryBy Shelley A. Gable. Have you ever seen a news story about someone with a phenomenal memory? Maybe someone who could miraculously remember sequences of numbers or objects? Have you ever been invited to attend a workshop that promises to help you improve your memory?

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Learning theories

Ed App

Learning theories unpack complex cognitive processes and provide useful mental models for educators to structure and design courses around, while also providing insights on best practice during and after learning experiences. cognitive strategies refer to internal processes and metacognition).

Making memories

Learning with 'e's

Adaptive Control of Thought - Rational - abbreviated to ACT-R (also known as ATC*) - is a cognitive theory of learning that is concerned with the way memory is structured. The so called cognitive architecture of ACT-R is made up of three main components. Declarative memory on the other hand, holds factual knowledge, and any relevant association and context. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

From novice to expert

Learning with 'e's

As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. a student cohort) can be extended by encouraging them to scaffold weaker, or less expert learners, to encourage and lead, in a kind of cognitive apprenticeship. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2. Festinger Cognitive Dissonance Theory 12. This is number 24 in my series on learning theories.

An Exuberant discovery for Lonely and Stressed-out eLearners

Vignettes Learning

When students are engaged and motivated and feel minimal stress, information flows freely through the affective filter in the amygdala and they achieve higher levels of cognition, make connections, and experience "aha" moments. Pleasurable associations linked with learning are more likely to release more Dopamine. storytelling mentoring vignetteslearning cognition stories Story-design tacit knowledge core capabilities informal learning adult learning

The science of learning: Thoughts from the experts

Obsidian Learning

Alice Kim discusses ways of “encoding” the information or associating the new information with existing knowledge or imagery. We all have our own experiences, but I know that I associate very dry information (like engineering topics) with images and smells. Learning Resources adult learning cognitive scienceThe first session I attended at ATD ICE after the Opening Session was a panel on the Science of Learning.

Emotions And Learning: Part I

The eLearning Coach

Emotion and Cognition. The idea that emotion and cognition are opposing phenomena comes from a long philosophical and scientific tradition. It was thought that if emotions were connected to feelings and bodily sensations then they must be quite separate from cognition, which was associated with logic and the mind. We now know that emotion and cognition are dynamically intertwined and interdependent in terms of both neurology and psychology.

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Conflict resolution

Learning with 'e's

In this post, we continue to explore Festinger''s work, this time focusing on his theory of cognitive dissonance. This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. Festinger called this phenomenon cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is essentially a theory of motivation through conflict resolution. This results in disappointment, which can be described as a form of cognitive dissonance.

Stage by stage

Learning with 'e's

Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this post we examine one of the most influential theories of the 20th Century - the stages of cognitive development model proposed by Jean Piaget. As usual, this is a brief and concise explanation of the theory, and if you wish to delve deeper, you are advised to read the associated literature. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2.

In two minds

Learning with 'e's

Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. In this post we return to the cognitive domain, with an examination of Allan Paivio''s theory of dual coding. As usual, this is a brief and concise explanation of the theory, and if you wish to delve deeper, you are advised to read the associated literature. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2. Festinger Cognitive Dissonance Theory 12.

What matters is the question not the content: “One Idea + One Learning” = “Contexsual Learning”

Vignettes Learning

Therefore, everyone can see the visual relationships of stories and experiences ( Visualizing Stories ) (See below) The background of the Contexsual Learning Experiment Many years ago, I used to represent a company from Australia - Talbot Smith and Associates (TSA), a training company based in Adelaide. storytelling mentoring cognition stories tacit knowledge core capabilities informal learning adult learning

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The shape of minds to come

Learning with 'e's

As usual, this is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. She made some important contributions to his stages of cognitive development theory (which will be featured in greater depth in some upcoming articles on this blog). It could be argued that these decisions were made because of Inhelder and Piaget''s cognitive stages theory. This is number 17 in my series on learning theories.

Don’t Try to Do So Many Things At Once

CLO Magazine

The frequent switching between tasks increases cognitive load, which Kerns also said has a negative effect. Kerns cited a 2013 Realization report that found a lack of productivity due to multitasking costs the global economy more than $450 billion annually, and given the increasing depth of digital reach and associated distractions, that amount likely has increased since then. Performance Management cognitive load multitasking performance

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Words in mind

Learning with 'e's

Psychologists and cognitive scientists have offered a number of useful theories that aid our understanding of learning. The last post in this series featured the stages of cognitive development model proposed by Jean Piaget. In this post I examine a cognitive theory - spreading activation theory - adapted from a hierarchical model of memory proposed by Ross Quillian and Allan Collins. Anderson ACT-R Cognitive Architecture 2. Festinger Cognitive Dissonance Theory 12.

New recommended readings

Clark Quinn

With Amazon Associates links: support your friendly neighborhood consultants.). She writes about new facets of cognition that open up a whole area for our understanding. Of late, I’ve been reading quite a lot, and I’m finding some very interesting books.

Emotions and Learning: Part II

The eLearning Coach

Also, studies show that a person’s affect influences the cognitive processes associated with motivation. Tags: COGNITION emotions learning Over the past few decades, research has shown that emotions have an effect on many of the processes involved in learning. It’s safe to say that emotions are an influence on perception, attention, motivation, and the encoding and retrieval of information.

Mark Sheppard: Entering the Backchannel of ATD ICE 2018

Learning Rebels

” Ten years on I’m not sure we’re much farther ahead in obtaining decent filters, but many folks are developing their own habitual and cognitive practices to manage the array of messages and media, particularly at events such as ICE. Conferences Personal Learning Network Tips #ATD2018 Association for Talent Development ATD National Mark Sheppard social media toolsBuckle up people, it’s ATD ICE 2018!

10 Ways To Design For Emotions (Part III)

The eLearning Coach

The bottom line is this: adult learners have a wide range of life experiences, much of which is associated with emotions. This is typically because the object is associated with emotional memories. Tags: COGNITION DESIGN emotion It’s quite clear from research on the effects of emotion and learning, that an emotional connection can be generated through instructional strategies and creative treatments. These have the potential to facilitate learning and performance.

A steep learning curve

Learning with 'e's

This is a simplified interpretation of the theory, so if you wish to learn more, please read the associated literature. cognitive processes education Hermann Ebbinghaus learning learning curve memory This is number 9 in my series on learning theories. My intention is to work through the alphabet of psychologists and provide a brief overview of each theory, and how it can be applied in education.

Updates on my books

Clark Quinn

Learning Science for Instructional Designers: From Cognition to Application. For the record, these are all Amazon Associate links, for which I get a cut: support your friendly and helpful consultant! At this calendar inflection, it’s interesting to note how time flies.