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Learning is a health issue

Lars is Learning

I'm playing a bit of catch up after a particularly busy month - although the way things are looking that'll be the pattern for the foreseeable future. The European e-learning market appears to be thriving in stark contrast to the ongoing financial crisis and what looks like an inevitable recession in the US. As I raised in an early post - training budget shock - e-learning is now very much a

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Upbeat Learning Technologies 2008

Lars is Learning

I spent last week in London at Learning Technologies Exhibition and Conference. The general mood amongst the vendors and attendees I felt demonstrated a confidence in the future at odds with the wider economic gloom that the media and city types would have us believe. While the longer term impact of globalisation and an overstretched financial sector will clearly affect us all, I wonder if we

Inaccurate claims of brain training benefits

Lars is Learning

I've been an avid supporter of Nintendo for the past two years or so, for their design prowess and dramatic success in widening the appeal of gaming. Indeed they're redefining recreational digital fun to include - shock - the learning of new skills. Brain Training in particular has been a left field success. I bought the game when it first launched in the US back in 2006 and was intrigued by the

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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.

Research merry-go-round up

Lars is Learning

I've been sitting on a number of research/news snippets which are all interesting but demonstrate how fluid the respective fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology and educational study are. Sometimes it's hard to draw immediately practical inferences. Things are moving so fast that you can move from positions of contradiction, congruence and back to contradiction in a matter of days.

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. We should be designing for cognition external.

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.

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.

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). The outcome of considering contexts by cognitions improved the outcomes, I think.

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.

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.

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. The post Reconciling Cognitions and Contexts appeared first on Learnlets.

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. The post Distributed Cognition 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.

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.

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?

4 Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in eLearning

Tim Slade

This is where Cognitive Load Theory comes into play. If you’re not familiar with Cognitive Load Theory, I highly suggested you check out this great explanation by Connie Malamed. In this post, I’ll share four practical way you can reduce cognitive load in eLearning.

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.

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.

How Understanding Cognitive Load Can Improve Your Course


Structuring your course to account for cognitive load can lead to better learning outcomes. It happens to all of us, and there’s a reason for it: cognitive load. What does all this have to do with 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.

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.

Learning by Watching: Social Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

Origin Learning

Rather, we have stated this example to prove a point: that observation is an intrinsic human technique to learn unfamiliar tasks or behaviors – something that has been theorized by the psychologist Albert Bandura as what he called the ‘Social Cognitive Theory’. What is Social Cognitive Theory?

Cognitive Load Theory: The Key to Smarter Instructional Design

Origin Learning

What is cognitive load theory (CLT)? ‘Cognitive’ means mental and ‘load’ means burden, so this theory basically studies the mental load that the human brain faces when learning happens. This is what a schema does: it helps in shedding some of the cognitive load.

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.

Learning and Cognitive Load

B Online Learning

In a previous post, I looked at the fundamentals of cognitive load theory.

Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

Learning with e's

But have you heard of cognitive technology? Cognitive technologies can be defined as artificial intelligence tools that perform tasks that were once the sole preserve of humans. There is no cognitive component however. This is where cognitive courseware comes in.

7 Practical Guidelines From Cognitive Science for eLearning

eLearning Brothers

Cognitive science research on learning, behavior change, and the development of expertise has provided a wealth of information. Marty is an expert on cognitive science and learning experience design. Practical Guidelines from Cognitive Science for Creating Awesome Learning.

More on cognitive mapping


Edward Tolman's influential experiments with rats in the 1940's remain highly formative for the field of cognitive psychology, and continue to shape our discussions about learning theory. How Edward Tolman's experiments shaped our theories of learning.

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).

What Are Yours? Top Ten Cognitive Biases in Learning

Dashe & Thomson

Cognitive biases – or the tendency to think in certain ways that lead to systematic deviations from a standard rationality or good judgment – color almost every aspect of our daily lives. Top Ten Cognitive Biases in Learning appeared first on Dashe & Thomson.

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. Not at the neural level (there’s little of impact there ), but at the cognitive level.

Reflection Software Shows Cognition Platform Upgrades At DevLearn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Reflection Software Shows Cognition Platform Upgrades At DevLearn. news-editor. Mon, 10/14/2019 - 00:59

Two Easy Ways To Boost Your Cognitive Skills

Growth Engineering

Sometimes your cognitive skills may require sharpening. The post Two Easy Ways To Boost Your Cognitive Skills appeared first on Growth Engineering. Engagement Attention Boost Your Cognitive Skills Cognitive Functioning Cognitive Skills Learning memory