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Cognitive Load vs. Load Time

eLearning Weekly

Designers love a little cognitive load theory. Any glimpse into the brains of learners sparks a trainer’s curiosity. It makes sense: if you want to influence brains with new knowledge, it helps to know how brains function best while learning. Cognitive psychology certainly aims to give trainers such a look inside the brain. Cognitive load theory inspires designers to influence various neural systems so attention is focused and retention is optimal.

Instructional Design Basics: 3 Types of Cognitive Load & How They Affect Learning and Learning Design

Convergence Training

In this Instructional Design Basics article, we’re going to look at the issue of cognitive load. Download our FREE Guide to Writing Learning Objectives. Our brain actively filters out most of those external stimuli so we’re not overwhelmed by all of it.

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How to Avoid Cognitive Overload in eLearning Courses

Ed App

WHAT IS COGNITIVE OVERLOAD? Firstly, what is cognitive overload? Cognitive overload is based on cognitive load theory, a theory within educational psychology and information processing. Basically this theory says that our brain can only process so many new things at once, so better instruction should intentionally target our existing knowledge and recognise the limits of our working memory. SO HOW CAN I EASILY REDUCE MY LEARNER’S COGNITIVE LOAD?

Announcing the Brain Matters Coloring Book

Learningtogo

I’m so excited about my new book, The Brain Matters Coloring Book ! The child needs to focus on the task at hand and finish the page, building self-management skills that will later make it easier to work math problems or write a school paper. They get to express themselves artistically, which can help improve self-confidence and stimulates multiple parts of the brain. There is also the effect that different colors have on cognitive function to consider.

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Break Out the Crayons – Your Brain Needs to Color!

Learningtogo

The child needs to focus on the task at hand and finish the page, building self-management skills that will later make it easier to work math problems or write a school paper. They get to express themselves artistically, which can help improve self-confidence and stimulates multiple parts of the brain. If you have a child in your life, check out the free coloring page templates on the kid’s activities blog. Coloring is great for kids.

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A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning

SHIFT eLearning

There is a simple way to design effective eLearning courses about any subject: brain-based learning. This instructional approach was defined by Hileman in 2006 and has since inspired many “brain compatible designers” — those who seek to understand the principle and reasoning behind their teaching. The idea behind the concept is that learning is innate and linked to biological and chemical processes in the human brain. B: Brain’s Time Clock. S: Social Brain.

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Do Learning Styles Matter?

Integrated Learnings

Hence, we have a lot of literature describing modalities, brain hemisphere preferences, Kolb’s styles, Gregorc’s styles, and more. Lately, a lot of folks are writing about the fallacy of learning styles. I used to diligently design for different types of learning styles, for the sake of making sure that the training would be effective for just about any type of learner. By Shelley A. Gable.

eLearning - Audio & Captivate, Blogging, Twitter, & the Brain

Big Dog, Little Dog

Adding Audio to Adobe Captivate - Michael Hanley in E-Learning Curve Blog. Besides giving detailed instructions and hints for adding audio to Adobe Captivate projects, Michael, also writes of why we need to add audio in our elearning platforms. Blogging Your Way Into A Job - Forbes. If you're competing with someone who has equal skills and experience, a blog can be the tie-breaker. Neuroscientists Map Intelligence In The Brain - Science Daily.

An Exuberant discovery for Lonely and Stressed-out eLearners

Vignettes Learning

Judy Willis writes in Psychology Today and " The Neuroscience of Joyful Education :" [W]hen we scrub joy and comfort from the classroom, we distance our students from effective information processing and long-term memory storage. Neuroimaging studies and measurement of brain chemical transmitters reveal that students' comfort level can influence information transmission and storage in the brain (Thanos et al., Synthesis: Loneliness is inherent in traditional eLearning.

Effective Training Visuals—Add a Spark of Interest

OpenSesame

Here’s the sixth in a series of blog posts written to help you evaluate elearning courses by considering how well their visuals add to the effectiveness of the training. She’s one of our favorite bloggers in the learning world, so please check her blog to learn more about instructional design and the book these ideas are drawn from. Also, keep your eye out for the new book that she’s writing now; we’re sure it will be great when it’s ready. Charge the Brain Up.

Using Design Thinking To Create Better Custom eLearning Solutions

Adobe Captivate

In my previous blogs on Whole Brain Learning and Kolb’s learning styles, I talked about how we can improve the learning process by using certain strategies that are targeted to individual learning styles. 2006, The cognitive artifacts of designing, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. To conclude, in a brief write-up, I showed the core elements of design thinking that can be used to develop custom eLearning courses.

MARGIE MEACHAM – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

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.

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Stress Management Techniques that Keep You Centered and Make You an Effective Leader

Training Industry

Lack of sleep slows or even causes a failure in cognitive processes like thinking, comprehension, learning and memory. Physical activity augments brain and body functions. Living with her husband and Alaskan malamute in the Pacific Northwest, she writes a blog on stress management and supports the environment and animal rescue As a trainer, your audience expects you to lead by example. You are judged starting the minute your audience first sets eyes on you.

Scarcity or Abundance – It’s Your Choice

Learningtogo

Originally documented in cognitive psychology, the scarcity effect is a well-known principle in economics and marketing, used to predict buyer behavior. Our brains can do funny things under stress, and the scarcity effect generates a highly stressful experience. We get more and more anxious, until we become so stressed out that we become cognitively impaired. Scarcity Thinking Can Have Long-Term Effects. Fighting the Scarcity Effect.

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The Neuroscience of Cubs Fans

Learningtogo

This is a perfect example of what cognitive science calls magical thinking. Because the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945, some concluded that a cause and effect relationship exists where there is merely a coincidence. As I write this, Cubs fans all over the world are mentally crossing their fingers and hoping that they will finally see their beloved team in the World Series. Your brain, magic and survival. The Expectation Effect.

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The Neuroscience of Cubs Fans, continued

Learningtogo

This is a perfect example of what cognitive science calls magical thinking. Because the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945, some concluded that a cause and effect relationship exists where there is merely a coincidence. As I write this, Cubs fans all over the world are celebrating their victory in the World Series. Your brain, magic and survival. If you’re a Cubs fan, your brain has been hard at work resolving hope and despair for all your life.

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13 eLearning Scenario Tips that 60 Experts Agree On

eLearningArt

Scenarios are one the most effective types of eLearning. Rather than waste 20 years learning, I’m going to save you some time … I asked the world’s most respected scenario authors, professors, bloggers, and speakers a single question: What’s your #1 tip for creating effective eLearning scenarios? Make it real … write those stories down and transform them into a digital experience. Write those stories down and transform them into a digital experience.

A Conversation with Connie Malamed

Kapp Notes

I am so excited to be a stop on Connie Malamed’ s blog book tour. Connie is passionate about the field of L&D and is founder of the popular blog The eLearning Coach. Can you tell me why you decided to write this book? In addition, we use more brain resources to process visual information than we do to process input from any other sense. Also, relevant graphics are an important element for facilitating comprehension and reducing cognitive load.

Music aids learning, but not unconditionally

Mitch Moldofsky

Willy Shakespeare A lot of ink has been spilled over the question of what effect music has on the brain. But three recent studies on the effects of music on learning should also have us tapping our collective toes. f music be the food of love, play on!

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eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article. Your brain fills in the details, completing the image. Scribe videos also kindle viewer anticipation by inviting the brain to speculate about what is being drawn. Anticipation creates surprise which then rewards the brain with dopamine.   Cognitive psychologist Richard E. by Karin Rex, COTP. Which of the following statements do you think are true?   A.

Evaluation Reinforces Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

A New York Times article by Benedict Carey that I cited in my recent blog post about learning styles, also addresses the value of causing the brain to re-examine content that had been learned but then forgotten. Carey writes: No one knows for sure why. It may be that the brain, when it revisits material at a later time, has to relearn some of what it has absorbed before adding new stuff — and that that process is itself self-reinforcing.

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article. Your brain fills in the details, completing the image. Scribe videos also kindle viewer anticipation by inviting the brain to speculate about what is being drawn. Anticipation creates surprise which then rewards the brain with dopamine.   Cognitive psychologist Richard E. by Karin Rex, COTP. Which of the following statements do you think are true?   A.

eLEARNING: The Struggle for Online Attention

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

59% of decision-makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article. Your brain fills in the details, completing the image. Scribe videos also kindle viewer anticipation by inviting the brain to speculate about what is being drawn. Anticipation creates surprise which then rewards the brain with dopamine.   Cognitive psychologist Richard E. by Karin Rex, COTP. Which of the following statements do you think are true?   A.

Ruth Clark Claims “Games Don’t Teach”

Experiencing eLearning

A more accurate title would be “Some Games Aren’t Effective at Making People Remember Content,” but that’s a lot less likely to grab attention. However, I think Clark didn’t do a very careful review of the literature before writing her post, and I don’t think that one study is enough for her to make such a broad claim dismissing games for learning. Our brains are wired for it.

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Neurology Should Drive Corporate Training Design

PulseLearning

When it comes to designing engaging and effective corporate training, the best place to start is by looking at how the human brain works – neurology. Just like vehicles need the right type of fuel to run smoothly, your brain requires the right input to for its learning processes to work as efficiently as possible. Your brain loves variety! When learning or completing a task is enjoyable, it becomes more effortless, decreasing our cognitive load.

Microlearning: 3 Uses

Convergence Training

In this article, we’re going to expand on that discussion, explaining what microlearning is and giving a few common and effective uses for microlearning. Download our FREE Guide to Writing Learning Objectives. Here are three common and effective uses for microlearning.

Train the Trainer Tips: 7 Truths About Remembering (Free Download)

Bottom-Line Performance

Our Manager of Instructional Design, Jennifer Bertram , shared four tips for Training The Trainer in a 2011 blog post , and they are a great place to start. We ask learners to individually write down the top three challenges they need to overcome to improve their facilitation and learner retention skills. Research conducted in the 1950′s by cognitive psychologist showed that 7, plus or minus 2, is the maximum number of “things” we can remember at any one time.

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Social Learning – A Transformational Shift in Workplace Learning

Origin Learning

In this blog post, we look at how ‘social learning’ is gaining traction and being deployed in organizations to foster workplace learning. This theory is often considered to be a bridge that connects behaviorist and cognitive learning theories. Why do you think successful business leaders write long notes and share them on LinkedIn? In this blog post, let’s look at the positive side and see how social media is being used effectively to deploy learning in the workplace.

What is Visual Learning? Identifying and Understanding the Benefits of Visual Learning

Convergence Training

We’ll discuss this a bit in this blog post. Download our Free Guide to Writing Learning Objectives. Visuals, Dual-Channel Coding, and the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning. So there are a few key takeaways from all this about visuals in eLearning courses for workforce training: eLearning courses that make use of visuals and audio can increase learning effectiveness. Humans are visual creatures.

Visual Design Tips from the eLearning Coach

eLearningArt

Commercial templates can also be effective if the colors and the look and feel match the mood, content and audience. Serious writing: Scrivener. Effective design requires empathy for the learner, which means the design will be relevant and engaging. Effective design will improve usability and reduce audience frustration. Effective visual design improves communication, increases motivation and adds credibility and professionalism to a learning experience.

Advanced PowerPoint grids and guides

BrightCarbon

Let me show you how to make PowerPoint grids and guides your secret weapons, using them to create effective layouts that not only look neat and professional, but actually leverage proportions to better communicate with your audience. Professor of mechanical engineering Adrian Bejan argued that our brains find objects that fit the golden ratio beautiful because our eyes can interpret them faster. Wonky alignment and badly proportioned slides can easily distract your audience.

E-Learning Design Part 5: Learning through Creating (Blooms 21)

CDSM

Conceived between 1949 and 1953 by a committee of educators, the original Bloom’s taxonomy identified a number of cognitive levels at which humans can function. Some educators strongly disagree with this structure, most notably Shelley Wright of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE): “The presentation of the taxonomy as a pyramid suggests that one cannot effectively begin to address higher levels of thinking until those below them have been thoroughly addressed.

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Training for Creativity: It’s Difficult But Doable

Mindflash

First, those hoping to train for creativity must understand that our understanding of exactly what goes on in the brain when we generate ideas is in flux. The consensus is creativity is a big muddled mess ,” Rex Jung, a brain scientist at the University of New Mexico told Newsweek. Chuck Your Brain Training… and Your Brainstorming. Simply explaining handy “heuristics” ( academic speak for rules of thumb ) can prove effective.

Evidence-Based Training: Learning Maximizers & Learning Myths (An Interview with Dr. Will Thalheimer)

Convergence Training

The focus on evidence-based training methods is central to Dr. Thalheimer’s career and work, and it’s been the central focus of our earlier articles with him, which looked at smile sheets , spaced learning , and elearning effectiveness. Don’t forget to check out his new model for learning evaluation , which he finished while we were writing this series. Download our FREE Guide to Writing Learning Objectives. Pillars of Training Effectiveness.

What's really ready for prime time in corporate learning?

Litmos

However, the organizer made a comment that stuck with me, to the effect of “to you it’s old, but to many it’s still new”. As I blogged previously , you need to get your mind around mobile. The cognitive benefits of performance support are many. The big picture is providing help in the moment to counter our cognitive gaps. Our brain architecture is powerful, but like any solution, there are systematic gaps. There are limits to our brains.

The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

eLearning Brothers

Train Your Brain with Games! Games deliver lots of actionable data to measure effectiveness, both individually and through group learning, showing gaps and areas to optimize for a continuous cycle of improvement. How games stimulate mental cognition and produce positive brain changes. How playing immersive, exploratory games are a workout for the brain and can drive home on-the-job skills. How using templates can increase your effectiveness.

Designing Sustainable Behavior-Change with Habit Design (Michael Kim) #ASTD2014

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from a concurrent session at the ASTD International Conference & Expo, this week in Washington, D.C. FMRI and more insight into the brain. How does your brain form unconscious behaviors? Every time I feel sad, I will write in my journal” is not a hot trigger. Tracking time is a second cognitive process. After you run you get high – the brain rewards you with dopamine. Endowment effect.