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.

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. For Work, it’s about using external tools to support effective performance, e.g. performance support. The post Cognitions By Contexts appeared first on Learnlets.


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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 point being, there are lots of considerations to making the ecosystem sociable as well as effectively distributed and situated.

The Planet Captivate Blog – Cognitive Load

Adobe Captivate

However, one topic that Jim has helped me to better understand is that of cognitive load. There has been a great deal of research done on the topic, but in a nutshell, it refers to the amount of information the human brain can effectively process at one time. 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.

Agile Microlearning Explained

COGNITIVE SCIENCE BEHIND OTTOLEARN v1.1 Personalized training is a powerful and effective approach that assesses an individual’s. organizations—even though it was much more effective than. OttoLearn leverages key theories from cognitive science to.

Working with Cognitive Load

B Online Learning

I figured that if I knew more about information processing and learning, I could hopefully design more effective courses. 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.

Cognitive Load, Element Interactivity, And Reversal Effect

Dan Keckan

As learning designers, you have certainly heard of cognitive load theory and it has helped you make informed design decisions. According to cognitive load theory, working memory should not be overloaded in that it disrupts learning because that is where learning is being processed.

Situated Cognition In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know


In this article, I’ll shed light on the situated cognition theory, from its core principles to tips that will help you use it in your next eLearning course. Situated cognition is based on the idea that learning is most effective when it is in context. The Situation Cognition Theory was first introduced by Brown, Collins, and Duguid in 1989, who suggest that learners should be immersed in eLearning activities and content that mimics real world situations.

5 Effective eLearning Design Tips For Reducing Cognitive Load In eLearning

Dan Keckan

Information overload has an adverse effect on the learning process and retention. Employees tend to lose interest in your course when it gets flooded with content. But with the right eLearning design, you can create quality content for your learners. This post was first published on eLearning Industry. eLearning Design and Development eLearning Best Practices eLearning Design Examples eLearning Design Tips eLearning Development Best Practices

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.

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 load is of three types: Intrinsic.

Manage Cognitive Load in Digital Learning

B Online Learning

Research into our cognitive architecture has lead to the development of Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and related guidelines which, when applied, results in more efficient learning. Cognitive Load Theory – The study of the human memory system and its components has provided extensive evidence about how humans process and store new and existing pieces of information. Three Types of Cognitive Load. Often, it’s about reducing extraneous cognitive load.

Boost your intelligence: 6 ways to maximize your cognitive potential

Your Training Edge

Each has the different cognitive potential. By cognitive potential, we mean that the ability of the mind of an individual. Every person has the cognitive potential which can be judged by the IQ. So, to improve the cognitive potential, a person should have to keep some points in his or her mind. The effect of this is seen in your behavior. In today’s world, the health should be the primary concern to every person.

Social Cognitive Processing

Clark Quinn

In an earlier post , I tried to convey the advantages of social activities in formal learning from the cognitive processing perspective, but my diagram apparently didn’t work for everyone. You can mimic some of these effects by staging additional information, but it’s not quite as effective as individual learning (nor near as engaging).

Managing Cognitive Load in Content Design

Magic EdTech

Cognitive load theory, Instructional Design theory comes to the rescue, it prescribes a scientific way to design learning materials at a pace and level of complexity that the learner can fully understand. Cognitive load relates to the amount of information the working memory can hold.

3 cognitive biases to know in education


In a previous article , we discussed the Pygmalion effect, a cognitive bias that can interfere with the teacher-learner relationship and have significant effects on learning. Here are three other formidable ones: the bias blind spot, the halo effect and the curse of knowledge.

Cognitive Bias in Education: the Pygmalion Effect


These erroneous judgments are called cognitive biases, and some 250 different ones are known to date. The Pygmalion effect is one of them, and the first step in preventing it is to know more about it. Related articles: Cognitive Bias: When Our Brain Plays Tricks On Us.

TMI! Cognitive Overload and Learning


This is an example of what we call “cognitive overload.”. Cognitive Load Theory was introduced by John Sweller to explain why people have so much more difficulty learning complex content. Aerospace companies, for example, consider cognitive load when they design airplane and spaceship control panels. The more challenging the content, the more likely that the learner will experience an excessive cognitive load.

ELC 055: What You Need to Know About Cognitive Load

The eLearning Coach

John Sweller, who formulated cognitive load theory, explains how instructional designers can design more effective learning experiences. Podcasts

The Cognitive Learning Theory

Ed App

There are various aspects of the Cognitive Learning Theory (CLT) all of which are important to consider when studying the cognition of individuals. The cognitive learning process is based on individuals cognitively processing input to result in a behaviour. The theory is broken down into two further theories: the Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) and the Social Cognitive Theory (SCT). Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT).

Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Ed App

Cognitive dissonance is a psychological term referring to the mental incompatibility between two or more beliefs. Cognitive dissonance, a form of psychological stress, commonly occurs in the learning process when new knowledge is given to learners with the expectation of a complete grasp of course content. Say hello to your solution to cognitive overload and disengaged employees. The Effort Effect. Critical Evaluation of Cognitive Dissonance.

Cognitive Load vs. Load Time

eLearning Weekly

Designers love a little cognitive load theory. 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. Recently, wired with cognitive load theory, I made the perfect elearning course in Captivate. Cognitive psychology ran smack into the hard wall of file size.

Cognitive Disability and Web Accessibility: Carving The Path Ahead

Magic EdTech

Website accessibility is an inclusive practice that enables people with disabilities to use websites, tools, and technologies effectively. As sight and hearing disabilities are most commonly focused on while talking about web accessibility, it is high time to spotlight cognitive disabilities.

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. What Is Cognitive Load? So cognitive load is the amount of work being done processing information in working memory. Some cognitive load is good. Germane Cognitive Load.

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. However, there are far more effective ways to improve memory recall, most notably using a spaced repetition system. Cognitive psychology concepts aren’t about taking the easy road for expediency’s sake. It’s not always easy to find a way to translate psychology to e-learning, but when done effectively, it offers tremendous gains for learners and instructors alike.

The Cognitive Science Behind Learning

CLO Magazine

Another is using training or e-learning when other solutions would be more effective. There are levels of analysis; neural is one, but the next level up is the cognitive level. That’s where most of the important implications come from, as well as the social level above the cognitive. The Cognitive Umbrella. Also, a variety of opportunities to support learning are focused more on aesthetics than effective outcomes. This effectively gives us more operating room.

Cognitive Disability and Web Accessibility: Carving The Path Ahead

Magic EdTech

Website accessibility is an inclusive practice that enables people with disabilities to use websites, tools, and technologies effectively. As sight and hearing disabilities are most commonly focused on while talking about web accessibility, it is high time to spotlight cognitive disabilities. million Americans have a cognitive, emotional, or mental functioning disability, it is critical to cater to accessible web designs that do not exclude this population section.

At the Intersection of Social, Teaching and Cognitive Presence

InSync Training

Throughout this series we have explored social, teaching, and cognitive presence - the key elements within the Community of Inquiry framework. This last installment explores the intersection of these three presences and approaches to measuring the effectiveness of the work we do in the design, development, and delivery of eLearning.

10 Cognitive biases that hurt learning and 3 that help


Turn cognitive biases into opportunities. Cognitive biases develop naturally throughout our lives as we learn from experiences and establish some “mental short-cuts” to navigate new situations and make decisions. 10 Cognitive biases that hurt learning. Mere Exposure Effect : This is the very natural tendency of likening something on the account of it being familiar. 3 cognitive biases that can help learning. Context-effect.

Online Training Overload: 9 Surprising Symptoms Of Cognitive Overwhelm


In this article, I’ll share 9 surprising symptoms to help you diagnose cognitive overwhelm in online training. How To Diagnose Cognitive Overwhelm In Online Training The human brain can only absorb so much before it starts to experience side effects, which prevents employees from assimilating information and fine-tuning their skill sets. Simply put, cognitive overwhelm can wreak havoc on team dynamics and your online training ROI.

Unravelling The Relevance Of Social Cognitive Theory in Online Learning


This leads us to the theory by psychologist Albert Bandura known as the ‘Social Cognitive Theory’. What is Social Cognitive Theory? Many times, new hires are paired with experienced employees during the initial few weeks or months so that they can understand how to react to specific situations more effectively as compared to reading an employee handbook. How to Apply Social Cognitive Theory to eLearning?

How Microlearning Research Can Be Used To Evade Cognitive Dissonance

Ed App

Cognitive dissonance, to put it in simple words, is the conflict or tension we feel when we hold two opposing views in our minds at the same time. However, microlearning research is used to counter the effects of cognitive dissonance. When talking about cognitive dissonance is terms of learning and development (L&D) it can lead to employees being unsure of what to do, and as a result not being able to carry out certain tasks at all.

The Cognitive Science Behind OttoLearn | OttoLearn


We care about effective training. That's why we've designed our OttoLearn platform with the latest insights from various fields in cognitive science. And we're not talking about myths like learning styles - we mean hard science

Brainstorming, Cognition, #lrnchat, and Innovative Thinking

Clark Quinn

The approach incorporates, on a quick survey, a lot of techniques to overcome our cognitive limitations. I really like his approach to provide an underlying rationale about why activities that follow the structure implicitly address our cognitive limitations and are highly effective at getting individuals to contribute to some emergent outcomes. Two recent events converged to spark some new thinking.

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. SO HOW CAN I EASILY REDUCE MY LEARNER’S COGNITIVE LOAD? It requires much less cognitive effort for learners when they can relate new knowledge to something they already know. Simple Tips for eLearning and the Avoidance of Cognitive Overload.

Cognitive Psychology Anyone?

The eLearning Coach

With this in mind, here are a few sites that feature cognitive psychology podcasts, research, articles and news. And just in case you’re new to this field, cognitive psychology is the discipline that examines our mental processes, such as attention, perception, memory and learning. Cognitive psychology uses an information-processing model to explain mental operations in computational terms. Cognitive Daily. Cognitive Science Blog.

Solving Cognitive Overload with Point of Need Tools

Saffron Interactive

Why are workers struggling with cognitive overload? At Saffron, we’re interested in identifying solutions to how this pace of change affects learners and organisations so that in a complex world, things can be made simpler and more effective. Let’s start with the background of why cognitive overload has crept up on us. How do businesses mobilise strategy quickly and effectively when they have a large workforce? It’s not about time, it’s about cognitive overload.