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. If you go from just having an idea (first line) to trying to capture it as a product (next), whether a diagram or a screed, to communicate to some hypothetical reader, you find out that you might not have thought it out fully (the first benefit to having a personal journal, e.g. blogging).

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. Are you interested in writing for eLearning Weekly?


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

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.

How effective is your learning? Tips on assessing the effectiveness of Online Training


But what about its effectiveness – Can that be measured or quantified? There are many ways to ascertain the effectiveness of online training across an organization. A blend of two or more approaches works better to understand the different aspects that constitute effectiveness of training. A good and effective LMS should be able to track user data and give inputs on the courses started, finished or left mid-way. In organizations, training is a constant activity.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

He frequently shares about accessible elearning development through our Learning Dispatch blog and newsletter. Why enable people who have disabilities relating to hearing, vision, mobility, or cognition to access the training that your organization provides? How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. And, really, creating effective digital content is what digital accessibility is all about.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

Why enable people who have disabilities relating to hearing, vision, mobility, or cognition to access the training that your organization provides? How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. In this context, accessibility means making digital content available to and usable by those with disabilities, most often disabilities relating to vision, hearing, mobility, or cognition. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning.

5 Reasons to Use Gamification in E-Learning

Origin Learning

As we grow up, such informal learning is replaced with a more structured, more formal way of instruction – the effectiveness of which has been questioned time and again. Games help in development of cognitive ability. For example, a simulated game that has engineer trainees repairing different machineries that get more complex as they complete each level, will ultimately develop their cognitive ability in that area. Write down in the comments below.

Curated Insights: Writing Good Questions


Can you write a good multiple choice question? Many L&D pros just don’t realize how difficult it is to write a good question. Our March curated insights explore what it takes to write effective questions and how they can be used as part of a modern learning experience. We’ve all been guilty of writing bad questions, especially early in our ID careers. How to Plan, Design and Write Tests from eLearning Coach Podcast.

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.

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.

Recommended Reading Summary: A Chapter of “From Practice Fields to Communities of Practice”

Adobe Captivate

I’ve since started writing chapter summaries (here is the first one ) so people can “preview” some of the great books out there and hopefully end up reading them! Cognitive activity utilizes the symbols to perform computations, which we define as thinking. Rather than teaching abstract concepts, it is more effective to engage a learner in authentic tasks that use the skills and concepts being taught.

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.

8 Elements of Writing Strong Questions for a Test


Writing strong questions to test learners’ capability is both a skill and a talent! Rest assured, with regular practice using these 8 elements, writing strong questions will soon be your talent! This encourages them to transfer their learning effectively in the performance context. Questions in tests and assessments are effective only if all learners understand them and can answer them the way the instructor intended. What are “strong questions”?

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. When students are engaged and motivated and feel minimal stress, information flows freely through the affective filter in the amygdala and they achieve higher levels of cognition, make connections, and experience "aha" moments.

Here’s the Scenario: Tenets for Scenario Based Learning


There are many ways of building such active learning environments and Scenario-Based Learning is one that is as popular as it is effective. Scenarios transport to the learners to real or imaginary situations and equip them to deal with problems by applying cognitive skills. To know more about our vast and varied experiences in creating scenario-based learning, write to

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

Adobe Captivate

In this blog, I provide an introduction to three traditional Learning Theories, namely: Behaviourism. The factors that influence learning are: Cognitive. Making it effective, meaningful and engaging for all types of learners. Example: In an online learning course that required learners to memorise the capital cities of states: Learning outcomes tested how effectively learners imbibed the information.

The app effect: why playfulness is indispensable to learning

Saffron Interactive

So with that in mind, I decided to write my first blog post on the subject of apps, play, and flags (you’ll see), and what they can bring to the table in an e-learning, or m-learning, environment. In children, play has been shown to enhance social and cognitive skills, improve self-confidence, and develop emotional maturity, while in adults, regular play can result in increased creativity and happiness. Apps Blog Mobile learning Technology

Effective Training Visuals—Add a Spark of Interest


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.

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. The human brain runs on 90 to 120 cycles called ultradian rhythms, which influence attention, interest, cognition, memory, visual perception, arousal, performance, moods, and behavior. Therefore, the most effective eLearning courses repeat information through a variety of ways such as video, images, charts, before and after modules and graphic organizers.

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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. 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.

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. 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.

Helping Learners Pay More Attention: Can Classroom Strategies Work for e-learning?


Though the solutions are aligned more towards traditional learning, they can all be suitably tweaked for e-learning and make the technology-aided medium more effective. How important is ‘attention’: There is a lot of modern research on attention in the cognitive psychology literature. Distractions, even if work-related, diminish the effect of learning by considerable measures and that is something all the e-learning developers worry about.

Break Out the Crayons – Your Brain Needs to Color!


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. If you have a child in your life, check out the free coloring page templates on the kid’s activities blog. More recently, neuroscience has demonstrated that the act of coloring creates more connections between multiple areas of the brain, increasing cognitive function and warding off dementia.

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ELC 060: How to Practice Evidence-informed Learning Design

The eLearning Coach

Learning principles that cognitive researchers agree on. Effective strategies for direct instruction and feedback. Effective strategies for worked examples, which are underused in workplace training.

Announcing 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. If you have a child in your life, check out the free coloring page templates on the kid’s activities blog. More recently, neuroscience has demonstrated that the act of coloring creates more connections between multiple areas of the brain, increasing cognitive function and warding off dementia.

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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.

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. Be It Twittering or Blogging, It's All About Marketing - New York Times.

Understanding the basics of Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy application in eLearning

Adobe Captivate

While the usage of Bloom’s Taxonomy (BT) to nail the learning outcomes has been used for training over several decades, the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (RBT) brings in an added dimension that enables it to be used more effectively to design eLearning. In this blog, I touch upon the basics of Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy (in contrast to Bloom’s Taxonomy). Replies, complies, describes, aids, performs, practices, reads, reports, writes assists, presents. Introduction.

For Courses That Make a Difference: Remember Your CBAs

eLearning Brothers

When I think about the training that has been the most effective, it involved helping the client to “remember their CBAs.”. First, helping clients see beyond the “ Cognitive-only course.” C = Cognition. As instructional designers, we need to think beyond creating “cognitive-only courses.” For example, we would not write a learning objective that says, “Understand how to conduct a proper geographical survey.” I’ve been designing courses for a number of years now.

Taking courses online

Clark Quinn

because I wanted to know more about cognition and learning. And I’ve maintained a reputation for staying on top of learning science as well, recently writing a book on myths around learning science. So I was talking to my brother the other day.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Online Course


In other words, knowing your material doesn’t guarantee you can teach it effectively. If you’re already blogging, keep blogging but think about writing a downloadable guide. Ready to take your course to the next level in 2021?

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Using Learning Objects as ?Knowledge Packages? to Achieve Learning Objectives


Write a presentation letter with Microsoft Word. Write a presentation letter with Microsoft Word: How should I introduce myself? Give learners a way to verify the effectiveness of their learning. Docebo Blog Learning Technology Trends Learning technology solutions lmsLearning objects cover a single learning objective, while acting as autonomous units that can be leveraged across multiple courses.

The ARCS Model of Motivational Design

Tesseract Learning

The third group delves into cognitive, attributional, and competence theories. They might have preconceived notions about certain topics that deter them from learning them effectively, or on the contrary, they might feel that they know everything about it already.

Are You Guilty of Content Stuffing Your Course Pages?


Let me know if this situation sounds familiar to you: You’re writing a lesson, and as you work on it, the ideas keep coming. Too much content per page contributes to cognitive load. The same analogy can be applied to learning—which is what cognitive load is all about.

Scarcity or Abundance – It’s Your Choice


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. LearningToGo Blog

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