Learning and Cognitive Load

B Online Learning

In a previous post, I looked at the fundamentals of cognitive load theory. In summary, to assist learners in transferring information from their working memory to their long-term memory, we need to present the information in such a way that it reduces extraneous cognitive load (non-relevant items) and, if possible, increases germane cognitive load (items […].

Cognitive Overload

Upside Learning

The other day I was just half an hour into an online course on finance (a rather taxing topic for me!) and I felt my head pounding, I could feel what the incredible Hulk feels when he transforms! I could see the green color spreading all over my face! And that was it. I couldn’t […].


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Cognitive Theory of eLearning

B Online Learning

The post Cognitive Theory of eLearning appeared first on B Online Learning. The aim of learning is to close the knowledge gaps that people have and to ultimately improve their performance. When it comes to eLearning, the challenge is how to best […].

The cognitive basis of LXD

Clark Quinn

This is because LXD, to me, encompasses three things, all based on cognitive science. So here I’d like to make the case why I think that there’s a cognitive basis of LXD. Each one of those three things, then, has a cognitive underpinning.

Drips, Bots, and Blogs: A Non-Traditional Approach to Learning Reinforcement

Speaker: Shannon Tipton, Chief Learning Officer, Learning Rebels LLC

Today's work culture requires giving people the ability to control when and where they participate in their professional development. Learn how you can provide valuable, self-directed bites of learning content (and strategies to make that content stick) in this webinar!

The (Post) Cognitive Perspective

Clark Quinn

I’m deeply steeped in the cognitive sciences, owing to a Ph.D. in cognitive psych. Fortuitively, this was at the time my advisor was creating the cognitive science program (and more). Similarly, when I wrote my books on games and mobile, I focused on the cognitive impacts.

Cognition external

Clark Quinn

I was thinking a bit about distributed cognition, and recognized that there as a potentially important way to tease that apart. Or, really, a way that at least partly, we have cognition external. The alternative to performance support, a sort of cognitive scaffolding , is to think about representation. So both of these forms of distributed cognition are externalizing our thinking in ways that our minds have trouble comprehending.

Learner Engagement: Behavioral, Cognitive, & Affective

Experiencing eLearning

However, we can also support the cognitive and affective dimensions of engagement. Cognitive engagement. Cognitive engagement can be defined as “mental effort and thinking strategies.” Cognitive and affective engagement.

In Defense of Cognitive Psychology

Clark Quinn

So here’s a response, in defense of cognitive psychology. is in Cognitive Psychology, so I may be defensive and biased, but I’ll try to present scrutable evidence. Take, for example, cognitive load.

TMI! Cognitive Overload and Learning


LearningToGo Blog LearningToGo eNewsletter brain Cognitive Load Cognitive Overload instructional design neuroscience neurosciences TMI trainingIf you want to get a sense of the vast amount of data exploding every second, visit Internet Live Stats and watch the numbers for Internet users, websites, emails and many other statistics updated in real time. But watch out.

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.

How to Reduce Cognitive Load in eLearning

B Online Learning

In our previous post, we looked at the fundamentals of cognitive load theory. The post How to Reduce Cognitive Load in eLearning appeared first on B Online Learning. In summary, to assist learners in transferring information from their […].

Cognitions By Contexts

Clark Quinn

I have, in the past, talked about the three cognitions: situated , distributed , and social. So here’s some preliminary thoughts (ok, they’ve already been processed a few times) on considering cognitions by contexts. Cutting through the contexts by cognitions, we can make some prescriptions. But here you see me ‘think out loud’ as I try to consider Cognitions By Contexts. The post Cognitions By Contexts appeared first on Learnlets.

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.

Applying Cognitive Load Theory Results in Efficient Learning

B Online Learning

Research into our cognitive architecture has led to the development of Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and related guidelines which, when applied, results in […]. The post Applying Cognitive Load Theory Results in Efficient Learning appeared first on B Online Learning.

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

The Planet Captivate Blog – Cognitive Load

Adobe Captivate

However, one topic that Jim has helped me to better understand is that of cognitive load. Since Jim’s and my first discussion about cognitive load, I’ve challenged myself to dive into learning more about it, specifically, proactively targeting a learner’s cognitive load while developing eLearning content. There are a variety of terms used with regards to cognitive load theory, but I keep finding myself visualizing it in my mind as a car’s tachometer.

Distributed Cognition

Clark Quinn

In my last post , I talked about situated cognition. A second, and related, cognitive revelation is that thinking is distributed between our heads and the world. Hutchins, in his Cognition in the Wild, documented a variety of ways that our thinking is an artefact of our tools and our models. The post Distributed Cognition appeared first on Learnlets.

Contexts By Cognitions

Clark Quinn

So, in my last post , I talked about exploring the links between cognitions on the one hand (situated, distributed, social), and contexts (aligning with how we think, work, & learn). I did it one way, but then I thought to do it another, to instead consider Contexts by Cognitions, to see if I came to the same elements. The outcome of considering contexts by cognitions improved the outcomes, I think. The post Contexts By Cognitions appeared first on Learnlets.

Social Cognition

Clark Quinn

In the two preceding posts, I discussed situated and distributed cognition. In this closing post of the series, I want to talk about social cognition. The traditional definition of social cognition is how we think about social interactions. That’s partly distributed cognition, but I want to emphasize it. The post Social Cognition appeared first on Learnlets. They’re related, and yet each needs explicit consideration.

[VIDEO] Cognitive biases


We are all quite familiar with the phenomenon of optical illusions, but less so with that of cognitive biases. Read our full articles on cognitive biases: Cognitive biases: when our brain plays tricks on us. Cognitive biases in education: the Pygmalion effect.

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? So I think it was interesting and valuable (to my thinking, at least ;) to consider reconciling cognitions and contexts.

Working with Cognitive Load

B Online Learning

I came across a book called Efficiency in Learning: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Manage Cognitive Loadby Ruth […]. When I first started working as an eLearninginstructional designer I became interested in the learning process and how people learn. I figured that if I knew more about information processing and learning, I could hopefully design more effective courses.

Applying Cognitive Load Theory in eLearning

B Online Learning

Research into our cognitive architecture has led to the development of Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and related guidelines which, when applied, results in more efficient learning. The post Applying Cognitive Load Theory in eLearning appeared first on B Online Learning.

The Impact Of Cognitive Load On Learners

eLearning Industry

What is cognitive load and what is the impact it has on what learners can retain? Tell Your Story Cognitive Load Theory Instructional Design Instructional Design Best PracticesThis post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Friday Finds — Cognitive Load, Content Design, Pedagogic Change

Mike Taylor

Where Did Germane Cognitive Load Go? Greg Ashman looks at the “fatal flaws” of cognitive load theory. The first problem with germane cognitive load is a philosophical one. Dig into to this one to learn more and see what he has to say about cognitive load theory.

The Great Resignation: What Cognitive Science Can Help You Do About It


The Great Resignation: What Cognitive Science Can Help You Do About It. Cognitive Load and the Toxicity of Busyness. John Sweller and colleagues established the theory of cognitive load in 1998. The post The Great Resignation: What Cognitive Science Can Help You Do About It appeared first on Learning To Go. Learning Science #instructionaldesign brain cognition education Learning neuroscience teaching training

Cognitive Business

Clark Quinn

There are applications of cognitive science (including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, etc) to more areas of business than just L&D. The post Cognitive Business appeared first on Learnlets. One of my mantras is that organizations need to align better with how we think, work, and learn. However, my focus has been specifically on what L&D can be doing (as that’s the folk I mostly talk to).

Cognitive Reality

E-Learning Provocateur

Yet another year has come and gone at the speed of light! For me, 2016 has been the year in which the Virtual Reality rubber finally met the road, while Augmented Reality made a surprise splash into the mainstream via those pesky Pikachu. As a consequence, VR & AR dominated much of my blogging attention this year. But they weren’t the be-all-and-end-all of the e-learning universe.

What is Cognitive Load, and Why Does It Matter for Corporate Training and Development?

ej4 eLearning

Science has given a name to how “heavy” a presentation can be: Cognitive load.

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Clark Quinn

And this is the cognitive level! Do you mean neural, or cognitive, or…? Cognitive science as a field was defined to be an integrative approach to everything about our thinking: consciousness, language, emotion, and more. Departments of cognitive science tend to include psychologists, linguists, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, and, yes, neuroscientists. And, to be clear, learning sciences are a subset of the cognitive sciences.

Cognitive prostheses

Clark Quinn

While our cognitive architecture has incredible capabilities (how else could we come up with advances such as Mystery Science Theater 3000?), it also has limitations. The same adaptive capabilities that let us cope with information overload in both familiar and new ways also lead to some systematic flaws. And it led me to think about the ways in which we support these limitations, as they have implications for designing solutions for our organizations.

10 Tips to Prevent Cognitive Overload in E-Learning


10 Tips to Prevent Cognitive Overload in E-Learning. In a previous blog, we explained cognitive load theory and looked at ways to identify if cognitive overload is a problem in your existing e-learning courses. e-learning cognitive overload elearning tips

Cognitive Bias in Learning: An Overview

Dashe & Thomson

What Are Cognitive Biases? Cognitive biases result when these coping mechanisms fail. Put simply, a cognitive bias is an error in the way we think. Our brains receive non-stop input from all five senses every moment we are awake. In the face of this enormous amount of daily input, our brains develop subconscious coping mechanisms that we can use to quickly make daily decisions.

Organizational Cognition

Clark Quinn

A recent post on organizational cognitive load got me thinking (I like this quote: “major learning and performance initiatives will likely fail to achieve the hoped-for outcomes if we don’t consider that there is a theoretical limit to collective throughput for learning”). Individual cognitive load we address through providing resources and tools.

An Introduction to Cognitive Load and How to Deal with Cognitive Overload in E-Learning


An Introduction to Cognitive Load and How to Deal with Cognitive Overload in E-Learning. Getting the right cognitive load balance will facilitate this learning process while getting it wrong will result in cognitive overload. Cognitive Load Theory Explained.

eLearning Skills 2030: Outsmarting Cognitive Biases

eLearning Industry

Understanding cognitive biases is a critical skill for the workforce because it can facilitate better decision-making. This article discusses cognitive biases and remedies.

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.

Chief Cognitive Officer?

Clark Quinn

And I’m wondering if a focus on cognitive science needs to be foregrounded. Regardless, we have considerable empirical evidence and conceptual frameworks that give us excellent advice about things like distributed, situated, and social cognition. That area is cognitive expertise. So I’m calling for a Chief Cognitive Officer. One problem is that there’s too little of cognitive awareness anywhere in the organization. The post Chief Cognitive Officer?

Managing Cognitive Load

eLearning Industry

Reducing cognitive load can make all the difference when designing great digital learning content. But, given the fact that most of us don’t have a degree in psychology, what exactly does cognitive load mean, and how can it be reduced? eLearning Design and Development Brain Facts Cognitive Load Theory eLearning Development Best Practices Instructional Design Tips