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. Knowing a suitable level of cognitive science is one thing, using that to assess your practices is another. What has to happen is that processes need to be evaluated, improvements identified, interventions prioritized, enablement enacted, and progress reviewed.

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. Cognitive bias, in short. In reality, we are all equally susceptible to being fooled by cognitive biases.


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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. Critical Evaluation of Cognitive Dissonance. EdApp eLearning 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.

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.

Cognitive Bias in Education: the Pygmalion Effect


These erroneous judgments are called cognitive biases, and some 250 different ones are known to date. Moreover, being an adult is not necessarily an advantage in this fight against cognitive bias. Related articles: Cognitive Bias: When Our Brain Plays Tricks On Us.

Cognitive Learning: How to Use It, Benefits and Examples

Academy of Mine

What is Cognitive Learning Theory? Cognitive Learning Theory is a hypothesis about the way individuals learn new information that looks past whether a student got an answer right or wrong and instead examines how the student arrived at that answer. Evaluation.

Game-based meta-cognitive coaching

Clark Quinn

What naturally occurred to me was that you could put the same sort of meta-cognitive skill tutoring in a game environment, as you have to digitally create all the elements you’d need to track anyways for the game reasons, and it could be a layer on top. Given that much of what is necessary are abilities to research , evaluate the quality of sources, design, experiment, create, and more, these environments are a fascinating opportunity.

Why are people so dumb? (Cognitive Biases)

Usable Learning

Bob Sutton (author of the excellent Hard Facts on evidence-based management, and other books) has had a few great posts recently on intuition, self-knowledge and cognitive bias (among other things): In Flawed Self-Evaluations he talks about people’s tendencies to overestimate their own knowledge or skill, and that the less they know about an area, the more they overestimate their abilities.

Cogitating cognition

Learning Rocks

It's strange, but every time I read anything about cognitive load it seems to be in a pure, old-fashioned, "words on a page" kind of context. It interests me as I have been evaluating the work that I and colleagues have been producing to see how I can get better results out of our development team. Really dense, heavy words on a page*, like those in this rather interesting article by John Sweller.

Cogitating cognition

Learning Rocks

It's strange, but every time I read anything about cognitive load it seems to be in a pure, old-fashioned, "words on a page" kind of context. It interests me as I have been evaluating the work that I and colleagues have been producing to see how I can get better results out of our development team. Really dense, heavy words on a page*, like those in this rather interesting article by John Sweller.

Is It Time for a New Learning Evaluation Model? Yes!

Lambda Solutions

In his talk on Getting Radically Improved Data From Learner Evaluations at the start of the conference, Dr. Will Thalheimer, PhD, President of Work-Learning Research, Inc. challenged the Kirkpatrick-Katzell 4-level learning evaluation model, citing that it is now decades old (over 60 years old, before the computer age) and the principles on which it was developed was before cognitive psychology revolutionized the learning field. learner engagement learning evaluation

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy: Cognitive processes and levels of knowledge matrix

Big Dog, Little Dog

Bloom''s Revised Taxonomy (Remember - Understand - Apply - Analyze - Evaluate - Create) not only improved the usability of it (using action words), but perhaps also made it more accurate. While Bloom''s original cognitive taxonomy did mention three levels of knowledge or products that could be processed (shown below), they were not discussed very much and remained one-dimensional. Evaluate. Thus the matrix might look similar to this: The Cognitive Dimension. Evaluate.

Evaluation Reinforces Learning

The Performance Improvement Blog

Evaluation of training and other learning interventions (e.g., That’s one reason cognitive scientists see testing itself — or practice tests and quizzes — as a powerful tool of learning, rather than merely assessment. This observation argues for follow-up evaluation. Evaluation is not only a way to judge the quality of the learning intervention; it is essential for retaining learning and being able to apply that learning when it is needed.

Cyborg Thinking: Cognition, Context, and Complementation

Clark Quinn

However, they didn’t do it like humans do, they did it by very different means; they couldn’t evaluate well, but they could calculate much deeper in the amount of turns played and use simple heuristics to determine whether those were good plays. Now map this to mobile: we want to design the best complement for our cognition.

A Neuroscience Framework for Evaluating the Effectiveness of L&D Solutions

CLO Magazine

To determine whether a particular L&D solution achieves these goals, I outline a neuroscience framework for evaluating the effectiveness of L&D solutions. Three steps are required to evaluate the effectiveness of an L&D solution. Three steps to evaluate the effectiveness of L&D solutions. The brain is comprised of at least three learning systems: the cognitive, behavioral and emotional learning systems.

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Top 5 Performance Support Apps for Learning Designers


That’s why Instructional Design Guru defines terms from Instructional Design, Cognitive Psychology, Social Media, Multimedia, Technology and Law. It is powered by a glossary that carries over 450 terms on subjects related to learning design (including Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Design, Learning Theory, Online Learning, Multimedia Development and Social Media), along with definitions. Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model’ App.

Introduction to Evaluation in e-Learning


Evaluation is the key component of any e-Learning course or program that focuses on continuous improvement. Several professionals involved in the e-Learning industry asked me to provide them a set of resources around the evaluation in e-Learning. Evaluation enables us to: determine the quality, effectiveness, and continuous improvement of the e-Learning, understand the pros and cons of the e-Learning courses or programs, and make improvements.

Making the Best Use of Learning Objectives for Training Evaluation

CommLab India

How can you evaluate the participants of your online course? remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Evaluating. Evaluate the information acquired to make decisions to solve problems. A learning objective needs to “match” the corresponding level of cognition. Evaluate. Proper alignment of online assessments with learning objectives goes a long way in evaluating the effectiveness of e-learning courses.

Conveying Tacit Knowledge in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Finally, a curriculum heavy with tacit knowledge especially benefits from level 3 evaluation (i.e., Instructional Design Social Media Social Learning Scenario-Based Learning Storytelling Evaluation Tacit Knowledge eLearning Learning Theory Cognitive TheoryBy Shelley A. Gable. Tacit knowledge can be challenging to teach in formal training, but it's not impossible. So how can we convey tacit knowledge in eLearning?

How a Well Thought Out Evaluation Strategy Will Yield Better Training Results


Organizations spend countless dollars and hours developing and implementing training programs aimed at improving the bottom line but often drop the ball when it comes to precisely evaluating the ROI. You have to have a well thought out evaluation strategy. One of the most popular evaluation strategies is to send a follow up survey to glean insights from the participants themselves. Interested in learning more about how to create an evaluation strategy for your organization?



That’s why Instructional Design Guru defines terms from Instructional Design, Cognitive Psychology, Social Media, Multimedia, Technology and Law. It is powered by a glossary that carries over 450 terms on subjects related to learning design (including Cognitive Psychology, Instructional Design, Learning Theory, Online Learning, Multimedia Development and Social Media), along with definitions. Kirkpatrick’s Evaluation Model’ App.

Remember the Debrief…Even in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Instructional Design Scenario-Based Learning Evaluation eLearning Cognitive TheoryBy Shelley A. Gable. In instructor-led training , post-activity debriefing discussions seem to occur naturally. Instructional designers know to follow an activity with discussion questions that prompt learners to reflect on what they learned, justify why they made certain decisions during the activity, consider alternatives, and relate it all to their jobs.

It’s not about the ‘what.’ It’s about the ‘how’ and the ‘feel.’

CLO Magazine

In other words, they have the cognitive skills of leadership: They know the “what” — rules and regulations, etc. performance evaluations or during conflict resolution). They must train in cognitive skills, behavioral skills and situational awareness to create any lasting result.

Commonly Used Training Evaluations Models: A Discussion with Dr. Will Thalheimer

Convergence Training

And that’s especially true when it comes to issues regarding learning evaluation. We were excited to be able to talk with Dr. Thalheimer about four common learning evaluation models, and we’ve got the recorded video for you below. If you prefer your learning evaluation information in written form, just scroll down for the transcript of our discussion. Many thank to Will for participating in this discussion on learning evaluation and for everything he does.

Implicit bias affects us all

CLO Magazine

The effects are seen throughout organizations, especially when it relates to employee evaluations. Almost every organization deploys some system of employee evaluations. As a chief learning officer, you likely have experience with leadership development programs.

ProProfs Quizzes: An iOS App for Evaluating Knowledge, Abilities & Performance


While there’s no denying that evaluation is a key part of the learning process, the methods that are followed may not always offer an accurate representation of the learner’s skills. This free quiz application takes the guesswork out of the evaluation process and lowers the risk of errors. Knowledge evaluation helps to identify the gap areas. Learning does not follow the ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Case Study On How You Can Evaluate The Learnability Of Online Courses

EI Design

In this article, I share a case study that showcases how you can practically evaluate the learnability of online courses. How To Evaluate The Learnability Of Online Courses: Case Study. Before outlining the case study that will illustrate how you can evaluate the learnability of online courses, I recap a few essential aspects from my previous article How To Predict And Measure The Learnability Of Online Courses. Case Study: How To Evaluate The Learnability Of Online Courses.

Learning theories

Ed App

Learning theories unpack complex cognitive processes and provide useful mental models for educators to structure and design courses around, while also providing insights on best practice during and after learning experiences. cognitive strategies refer to internal processes and metacognition).

It’s Time To Evaluate Your Onboarding Process

Bluewater Learning

It’s important you consider evaluating your onboarding process to make sure it’s driving retention and not encouraging desertion. It’s proven to help deal with cognitive overload by presenting information in a challenge format divided into smaller pieces. The post It’s Time To Evaluate Your Onboarding Process appeared first on Bluewater Learning, Inc.

Conflict resolution

Learning with 'e's

In this post, we continue to explore Festinger''s work, this time focusing on his theory of cognitive dissonance. Festinger called this phenomenon cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is essentially a theory of motivation through conflict resolution. As Kendra Cherry argues: "Cognitive dissonance plays a role in many value judgements, decisions and evaluations. This results in disappointment, which can be described as a form of cognitive dissonance.

Conquering Attention Residue

CLO Magazine

Those lingering thoughts use up important cognitive processing power that can’t be devoted to the new task. Individuals burdened with attention residue are essentially “functioning with a reduced cognitive capacity,” Leroy said. In the field study, working professionals submitted a self-evaluation regarding their feelings after their most recent workday interruption. The resulting anticipation or anxiety uses up a great deal of cognitive power through attention residue.

How to Create Effective Test Questions


Since online learning often separates teachers from learners across time and distance, we rely on evaluations – in the form of tests, quizzes and assessments – to judge each student’s successful comprehension of the content (and to judge how well the course designers presented their information). Evaluation.

Emotions And Learning: Part I

The eLearning Coach

Emotion and Cognition. The idea that emotion and cognition are opposing phenomena comes from a long philosophical and scientific tradition. It was thought that if emotions were connected to feelings and bodily sensations then they must be quite separate from cognition, which was associated with logic and the mind. We now know that emotion and cognition are dynamically intertwined and interdependent in terms of both neurology and psychology. Tags: COGNITION

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New recommended readings

Clark Quinn

She writes about new facets of cognition that open up a whole area for our understanding. In the areas I know and have talked about, e.g. emergent and distributed cognition, she gets it right, which leads me to believe the rest is similarly spot on.

Bloom reheated

Learning with 'e's

In an age of digital media, where learners create, remix and share their own content, an overhaul of Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy was long overdue. Yesterday I posted a critique of Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy and argued that it is outmoded in the digital age. He places 'Creating' at the apex of the pyramid, with 'Evaluating' beneath it. This raises a question - should we really expect learners to create something and then not bother to evaluate it?

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Learning Experience Design: Everything You Need to Know


Based on that feedback, the team evaluates whether they achieved the goals identified in the analysis phase, and, based on the answer, either forge ahead, make a few tweaks, or start over. Share on facebook. Facebook. Share on twitter. Twitter. Share on linkedin. LinkedIn. Share on email.

Get it together

Learning with 'e's

Let''s start with some theory: According to the revised Bloom''s cognitive taxonomy by Anderson and Krathwohl, ''creating'' is suggested as the peak of achievement. It replaces evaluation as the pinnacle in this revised model, but many have wondered why Anderson and Krathwohl suggested it in the first place. Why swap evaluation and synthesis in the taxonomy? This is a fairly low level cognitive process, but it does require some discernment and decision making ability.

How We Get Ideas for Serious Games

Knowledge Guru

Last month, I shared a game evaluation worksheet I use when playing games. ” What does it mean to evaluate a game? Sample Game Evaluation. Scurvy Scallywags is a game I recently spent hours playing over a period of weeks (along with Candy Crush, which I did not enjoy) so I could evaluate the game elements within each that made the games so addictive. How does this game evaluation help you? Download the Game Evaluation Worksheet.

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Your Inner Critic – Cueing up What You Know

Wonderful Brain

As an evaluation tool, it might cause us discomfort when it arrives uninvited but in the creative domain we need a membrane that acts as a quality gateway. Cognition Behance creativity critical acts decision making intuition learningReading an article from the Behance titled “Why Your Inner Critic is Your Best Friend&# I was intrigued for a few reasons.