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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. But I write that with a sigh because it never worked. Make it big, as theory and SMEs dictate.

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?


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3 Traditional Learning Theories and How They Can Be Used in eLearning

Adobe Captivate

Learning Theories are frameworks that are extensively used by Instructional Designers to meet the requirements of the target audience and the situation. To do justice to this mandate, an Instructional Designer must first understand the Learning Theories in order to apply them. Once they understand the strengths and weaknesses of each Learning Theory, they can optimise their use. How Learning Theories influence learning. Why do you need Learning Theories?

eLearning Trivia

Association eLearning

I usually write a blog post, you skim or read it, maybe share it, and we move on. a)Effective learning. a)cognitive overload. a) cognitive overload. By being shorter and more targeted than traditional course-length learning, microlearning helps manage cognitive load (how much information a learner is being asked to process at the same time) to prevent overload. Let’s try something a bit different today, for a change of pace.

Do Learning Styles Matter?

Integrated Learnings

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. If you think of long-term memory as a network, you can imagine how we can more effectively cement new knowledge if we connect to it from multiple directions. By Shelley A. Gable.

Resolve to Try Something New in eLearning in 2013

Integrated Learnings

The posts from this blog in 2012 offered advice for trying out new eLearning authoring tools and other technologies as well as advice for trying out various instructional approaches. If you're interested in trying something new with your eLearning projects this year, take a look at how the past year of posts from this blog might help. Lectora has been one of the most frequently recurring topics on the blog this year. Designing eLearning for Cognitive Ease.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Writing Less Objectionable Learning Objectives

Learning Visions

Friday, January 25, 2008 Writing Less Objectionable Learning Objectives My recent post on alternatives to listing out learning objectives generated a lot of interest and a good conversation. ( He suggests a list of potential outcomes with check boxes , effectively allowing the learner to create his or her own objectives. Christy Tucker did a nice write up from the the opening presentation of the WebEx/eLearning Guild Online eLearning Summit.

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. From Kolb’s theories, we know two important styles that are converging and diverging. 2006, The cognitive artifacts of designing, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

The ARCS Model of Motivational Design

Tesseract Learning

There are numerous theories that attempt to explain motivation and its attributes. The third group delves into cognitive, attributional, and competence theories. Blog Custom elearning Learning Design

Clark Quinn – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


He integrates creativity, cognitive science, and technology to lead development of strategic solutions including award-winning online content, educational computer games, and websites, as well as adaptive, mobile, and performance support systems. He blogs at and works through Quinnovation. How do you educate your clients about the most effective approaches to learning? The remedy is to look to how we use devices to make ourselves more effective.

To be an effective designer it helps to understand how people learn

Clive on Learning

Yes, we have had some breakthroughs through cognitive neuroscience and perhaps also through new perspectives on learning such as connectivism, but thinking will inevitably shift again as we discover more. There's book a I've been meaning to write which I hoped would address the problem. She also has a very readable Usable Learning blog. Like Cathy Moore and Connie Malamed , Julie knows how to write for the l&d audience.

13 eLearning Scenario Tips that 60 Experts Agree On


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.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

Learning Visions

Im not looking for the obtuse theory books. They might refer to theory, but they dont get bogged down in it: e-Learning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer Michael Allens Guide to E-Learning by Michael Allen Gadgets, Games & Gizmos for Learning by Karl Kapp Last May, I started a bit of a list in this post: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit. It's not really their fault that the 10 steps took me 21 posts on my blog (starting here ).

Is all learning social?

Learning with 'e's

When I'm not talking about learning, I'm reading about it, researching it, thinking about it, and writing about it. Today was particularly interesting because I had a conversation on this blog with ePortfolio Keith (Keith Brennan aka @wiltwhatman), who was commenting on my Three Things post. This of course is a profound question, and one which demands some good theory and reflection. 1977) Social learning theory.

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? Also, relevant graphics are an important element for facilitating comprehension and reducing cognitive load. Because visuals can be processed in parallel, they can reduce the effort required to understand concepts, theories and ideas.

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. Understanding Social Learning Theory. Social learning theory as we understand it today primarily evolved from the work of Albert Bandura in the 1960s. This theory is often considered to be a bridge that connects behaviorist and cognitive learning theories. Write to us at with your requirements.

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. The Dual-Channel Theory , established by Allen Paivio, states that humans process verbal information (spoken words and sounds) through a different processing channel that we process visual images (the “real world” around us, pictures, written text, etc.).

How to Create Your Own eLearning Disaster – Part I

JCA Solutions

There are very specific things that can (and often do) greatly diminish the effectiveness of a course. Much of this has changed over the years as technology and learning theory has changed. Seriously, the challenge of the “page turner” is whether it is effective at meeting the goal. By writing the learning objectives at the beginning it’s easier to know when the learning accomplishes what is intended.

Why You Should Adopt Social Learning

EI Design

How Effective Is Social Learning In Helping Learners Learn? It is worthwhile to look at two theories that support why and how social learning indeed works: Social learning theory : According to Wikipedia, it integrated behavioral and cognitive theories of learning in order to provide a comprehensive model that could account for the wide range of learning experiences that occur in the real world.

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


At CDSM, we draw on a range of theories – from the past and the present – to form the method and practice behind our award-winning e-learning. 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. Though this taxonomy of the cognitive domain was revised by Anderson and Krathwohl in 2001, the visual metaphor of the step pyramid was still prevalent.

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52 eLearning Experts Share their Best Tip for Creating Engaging eLearning


As an instructional designer, I’m always trying to make my eLearning courses more interesting, effective, and engaging. Tom also authors The Rapid eLearning Blog , one of the most followed eLearning blogs, with over 100k+ readers. He is well known for his books , courses, writing, consulting, and talks on interactive learning, games, and gamification. Write, speak, engage from your heart, try not to be a phony, be sincerely curious.

Where is game-based learning headed? An Interview With Sharon Boller

Knowledge Guru

Sharon has been writing and speaking about game-based learning since at least 2008. Game-based learning has a similar effect when the games evoke strong emotions in players. What does learning theory say about the connection between emotions and learning? Learning theory is organized into three domains: the cognitive (thinking) domain, psychomotor (physical) domain, and affective (emotional) domain.

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7 Industrial Training Tips: Get Better Job Performance from Better Training

Convergence Training

Download our FREE Guide to Effective Manufacturing Training and our FREE Guide to Selecting Online Manufacturing Training . Our free Guide to Writing Learning Objectives . Evaluate–Determine if the training was effective or not. Avoiding cognitive overload.

Six Questions with Clark Quinn

The Learning Dispatch

Clark holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Clark: Write more. He authors Microassist’s Learning Dispatch monthly newsletter and contributes to the Learning Dispatch blog.

Neurology Should Drive Corporate Training Design


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. Even though most of us have a preference for a specific learning style, such as reading and writing, listening to audio, or looking at visuals, the learning process becomes significantly more efficient when multiple senses are engaged. Is your training strategy aligned with how people learn most effectively?



Connie is the author of Visual Language for Designers and is currently writing a visual design book for learning designers. Learnnovators: You are known for your immense passion for sharing your knowledge and skills with others in the community, and run a wonderful blog, The eLearning Coach , with a focus on providing practical advice to those just starting out in the field as well as to experienced designers and developers.

Five Years later: A Review of Kirschner, Sweller and Clark's Why Minimal Guidance during Instruction Does Not Work

Big Dog, Little Dog

After having a short discussion with Guy Wallace on his blog , I decided to do a review of Kirschner, Sweller and Clark's, Why Minimal Guidance during Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching , in which they postulate that students who learn in classrooms with pure-discovery methods and minimal feedback often become lost and frustrated, and their confusion can lead to misconceptions.

Connie Malamed – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Connie is the author of Visual Language for Designers and is currently writing a visual design book for learning designers. Learnnovators: You are known for your immense passion for sharing your knowledge and skills with others in the community, and run a wonderful blog, The eLearning Coach , with a focus on providing practical advice to those just starting out in the field as well as to experienced designers and developers.

Multimodal Learning: Engaging Your Learner’s Senses


There are four main methods of multimodal learning; visual, auditory, reading and writing and kinesthetic (VARK). Reading and writing. Reading and writing – the type of learning we’re most familiar with. Blended learning is an effective training technique that combines face-to-face training with online instruction through your LMS. This allows you to easily document and report on who’s taken the training session and how effective it was.

That’s not my style: Learning preferences and instructional design

Obsidian Learning

In a recent blog post published by the New York Times , Anna North noted that the concept of “learning styles” is still prevalent among educators, even though there is little empirical research to support it. Vermunt’s (1994) Inventory of Learning Styles (ILS) uses questions to elicit information on four learning components: cognitive processing strategies, metecognitive regulation strategies, conceptions of learning, and learning orientations (Vermunt, 2005).

How to Make a Great Educational Video (Free Template)

TechSmith Camtasia

But how do you create educational videos, and how do you know if they’re effective? In fact, with the right tools and know-how (and a free template), it can be incredibly easy to create effective, engaging videos that improve student outcomes. Write a script.

Comic Books and eLearning: Lessons from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art”

Convergence Training

In an earlier blog post, we took a quick introductory look at some connections between comic books and eLearning. Download our Free Guide to Writing Learning Objectives. ” Just as McCloud notes that comic books often include simplified visuals (but sometimes include more complex visuals), he says the same basic thing about the writing in comic books. This same concept–that words and pictures can be blended effectively–is true for eLearning courses, too.

How to Learn a Language

Ed App

Instead of attempting to aimlessly grapple with these, steps can be taken to develop effective strategies to counter these issues. Learning a language can often result in cognitive overload for learners, meaning that they are unable to withhold many pieces of new information at once. Micromodules provide learners with real-life simulations, making it just as effective as using it in the outside world. Think in it, write in it, speak in it and put it into practice.

Taking Time to Learn with Alex Salas

TechSmith Camtasia

Alex explained to us the interesting research into the effect of learning on the brain. Somebody writes a blog with no credentials, and it can still make it to the top page of results. Exams only address the cognitive pieces. People get to build something, it’s not just all theory and talk. You have to create exposure to the thing that you want to learn, and you have to expose yourself in action to that material, not just just in theory. “If

CCK09: Notes on Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge

Experiencing eLearning

The argument, in a nutshell, is that the claims of folk psychology are literally true, that there is, for example, an entity in the mind corresponding to the belief that ‘Paris is the capital of France’, and that this belief is, in fact, what might loosely be called ‘brain writing’ – or, more precisely, there is a one-to-one correspondence between a person’s brain states and the sentence itself. An effective network is desegregated.

What characterises good e-learning?

Good To Great

Good To Great In pursuit of excellence: my view on the world of learning and training Skip to content Home A bit about me ← Getting started Good e-learning: engaging, relevant and effective → What characterises good e-learning? Posted on August 9, 2010 by Stephanie Dedhar | 7 Comments When it came to choosing a name for my blog, someone suggested ‘good to great’ and it seemed perfect – it’s been one of my ‘themes’ over the past year or so.

Animated videos for learning: A step-by-step guide


On that whiteboard, a hand writes words or sketches images in “real-time” while a voice-over narration explains what we see on screen. As you already suspect, there are many reasons why an animated learning video is an effective way for learning. Cartoons have come a long way.

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