10 Tips to Prevent Cognitive Overload in E-Learning


10 Tips to Prevent Cognitive Overload in E-Learning. In a previous blog, we explained cognitive load theory and looked at ways to identify if cognitive overload is a problem in your existing e-learning courses. Use Various Media.

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.


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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.

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. I took another shot for a presentation I gave on mobile social at the Guild’s mLearnCon , and I thought I’d raise it here as well. This extends to the social learning situation. social

Curiosity, cognition and content

Learning with 'e's

We could argue that the majority of what we 'know' derives from our ability to be able to think, to reason, to reflect, to ask questions - our higher cognitive processes. There is much debate about this question, especially with the advent of social media and services such as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons , where anyone can contribute toward a global understanding of what we 'know'. Image from Wikimedia Commons Where does knowledge come from?

Brainstorming, Cognition, #lrnchat, and Innovative Thinking

Clark Quinn

Dave’s all over creativity, and took the intersection of game rules and structured activities to facilitate innovative thinking, and came up with a model that guides thinking about social interaction to optimize useful outcomes. The approach incorporates, on a quick survey, a lot of techniques to overcome our cognitive limitations. Tags: design social virtual worlds Two recent events converged to spark some new thinking.

Social Media And Learning

The eLearning Coach

In this article, I’m featuring a wonderful interview with successful social media expert, Jane Hart. She provides compelling reasons to implement a social and collaborative environment as part of workplace learning. You can read more from Jane at her blog, Social Media in Learning. eLearning Coach: You were an early adopter of using social technologies for learning purposes. eLearning Coach: What are your criteria for defining a technology as social ?

5.1 Reasons How and Why to Build Learning with Social Media

Wonderful Brain

Using social media (SM) to prepare material for instructional design, courseware and webinars and such is the flip side of the same coin that encourages social media as intake media. A Social Collective. People learn best in a social context and are self-directed, particularly when focused on a specific task. Point…since social media is an online ecology shouldn’t its construction be too? Change Futurism Social Media



For 30 years we’ve been largely delivering rather flat and linear media. I recommended a graphic illustration that can be delivered electronically in state emails, printed as posters, added to social media posts, or included in formal presentations.

Failure, Presentations, Rewards, & Social Media

Big Dog, Little Dog

Rewards, especially in combination with drugs that enhance the neurotransmitter dopamine, may boost both cognitive and tactile learning, according to research published today in the journal PLoS Biology. Three Instantly Effective Social Media Ideas - Harvard Business. That doesn't limit your social media options to a generic corporate news blog or a standard-issue Facebook page Why We Learn More From Our Successes Than Our Failures - Science Daily. "We

Conveying Tacit Knowledge in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Social interactions can also help. You might achieve this through a live, instructor-led session (in a classroom or via web conferencing) or by using social media. 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.

Digital, Rapid eLearning, & Social Media Conversations

The Learning Circuits

From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom - Innovate Digital wisdom is a twofold concept, referring both to wisdom arising from the use of digital technology to access cognitive power beyond our innate capacity and to wisdom in the prudent use of technology to enhance our capabilities. Spy Listen in on the social media conversations of any topic you're interested in.

Google Wave - Social Media Resources - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Big Question - Presenting the Value of Social Media for Learning - MinuteBio , November 2, 2009. The following are the top items based on social signals. The value of social media for learning , November 4, 2009. Social media trends for 2010 , November 3, 2009. Cognitive Biases) , November 1, 2009.

Digital, Rapid eLearning, & Social Media Conversations

Big Dog, Little Dog

Digital wisdom is a twofold concept, referring both to wisdom arising from the use of digital technology to access cognitive power beyond our innate capacity and to wisdom in the prudent use of technology to enhance our capabilities. Listen in on the social media conversations of any topic you're interested in. One strand of massive connectionism is currently called social media. From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom - Innovate.

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.

Slow Down to Think More Creatively

CLO Magazine

Social media was as foreign to us as those objects we popped into our mouths. Moshe Bar, a neuroscientist at Bar-Ilan University and a professor at Harvard Medical School, found in 2016 that creative thinking is the default cognitive mode we employ when our minds are clear. How often do you fill moments of free time aimlessly scrolling through social media? The post Slow Down to Think More Creatively appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

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Remember Recency?

Integrated Learnings

Cognitive theorists believe that as new information enters the working memory, earlier information is pushed out. Social accountability. You could take any of the approaches described above and create a sense of social accountability for learners by asking them to share their responses using some form of social media, such as internal wikis or discussion boards. By Shelley A. Gable.



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.

Overcoming Generation Differences When Building Learning: Part 2

Wonderful Brain

Acknowledging their generational age, and considering their technological age (how savvy are they to tech) as well as comfort with social media, influences how they will respond to courseware. Change Cognition Development Distributed Online Learning ELearning Instructional Design Learning Development Management mLearning Social Media generation generational learning learning design learning management training courseware

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Dialectical Bootstrapping, Connections, Body & Brain, Twitter, & Social Media

Big Dog, Little Dog

And body movements which are connected to negative emotions tend to enhance cognitive ability. The authors say that's probably because adverse situations typically require more cognitive control to deal with potentially bad consequences. Social Media Doesn't Sell - Business Week. 83% of people on the Internet use social media. You Know More than You Think - Scientific American.

Twitter’s Impact on Your Brain-Same as Bilingualism

Kapp Notes

Adults must be socially stimulated to learn, which is why language retention is usually only successful for adults when they are immersed with other language-speakers. Bilingual people “build new bridges” in the brain, says Dr. Kuhl, a University of Washington professor and co-author of a recent study on social learning, and their brains are constantly adapting and reshuffling data as they translate. Practice at constant switching improves an aspect of their cognitive abilities.

Mark Sheppard: Entering the Backchannel of ATD ICE 2018

Learning Rebels

” Ten years on I’m not sure we’re much farther ahead in obtaining decent filters, but many folks are developing their own habitual and cognitive practices to manage the array of messages and media, particularly at events such as ICE. Social Backchannel Lurking. Some folks prefer to use tools like YouTube to generate video summaries as the event progresses and then share them through their social channels (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

How to Integrate Social Learning in the Workplace

Origin Learning

Social learning is not a new concept. Various theories have explained man’s social approach to learning, some of these dating to as back as the 1940s. For example, Albert Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory stresses the importance of observational learning, imitation and modeling to learn certain behaviors. Social learning , thus waned away. Integrating social learning at the workplace requires the following –.

Your Ticket to Great Instructional Design

Origin Learning

Are they the young, flexible and typically social-media-and-technology savvy generation or are they (say) workers in a manufacturing unit and who have little knowledge of the latest technologies? Cognitive Load Theory warns against the dangers of overloading learners with too much information. Instructional Design Cognitive Load Theory good instructional design strategies Instructional design instructional design strategy instructional design tips

Describe what you do

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

” Brendan Strong “If I’m feeling geeky about it, I tell people I use a hierarchical model of cognitive function to create structured learning programmes. A week ago I asked the question on LinkedIn “how would you describe to a family member what it is you do?”

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. Ultimately, synthesis and evaluation, along with all the other levels of cognitive achievement cannot be represented as a single linear process.

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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. This is a fairly low level cognitive process, but it does require some discernment and decision making ability. Finally, aware of the social context, you have the capability to share your content (or indeed your entire repository) with your professional learning network.

Remember the Debrief…Even in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Alternatively, a lesson might prompt learners to discuss their responses using social media or in a brief virtual session with a facilitator. Instructional Design Scenario-Based Learning Evaluation eLearning Cognitive TheoryBy Shelley A. Gable. In instructor-led training , post-activity debriefing discussions seem to occur naturally.

7 Characteristics Of A Digital Mindset


The digital five forces – Social Media, Big Data, Mobility and Pervasive Computing, Cloud, and AI and Robotics – are disintermediating, disrupting and deconstructing the old world order. What is often happening are piecemeal and fragmented approach at attempts to use Big Data or Social Media or the affordances of the Cloud. Cognitive diversity is what helps us to make sense in the face of complexity.

TREK Learning Experience Manager Launches: Harness Informal, Experiential Learning by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

Cognitive Advisors announced today that it is launching the TREK Learning Experience Manager at DevLearn 2013. Learning Systems Mobile Learning Social Media Training Strategies TREK, a brand-new class of software built from the ground up on the Experience API (Tin Can), goes beyond the LMS to harness the power of informal and experiential learning.

Best Podcast Gems Of 2013

The eLearning Coach

The topics include finding a job in instructional design, social media for learning, storytelling, cognitive architecture, and information graphics. Tune in to this episode of The eLearning Coach podcast for some of my favorite gems from episodes in 2013. Podcasts

Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to E-Learning Development


In brief, Bloom’s Taxonomy defines the different levels of cognition. The modern version of Bloom’s Taxonomy sets out six levels of human cognition. For example, there will be some training courses where achieving the “Remembering” or “Understanding” cognitive level will be enough.

Rethinking e-Learning by Clark N. Quinn

Learning Solutions Magazine

Advances in technology have provided new capabilities for learning, while spaced practice, social learning, meta-learning, and distributed cognition have given us alternative ways to support learning. Management Strategies Mobile Social Media The combination allows us to envision and deliver a richer learning experience that leads to persistent change in abilities – and persistent change in ability to do is our actual goal.


Wonderful Brain

Finally, a mentor or coach would have the opportunity to not only work with the individual millennial but also learn what modalities worked best – and what components of this ecology yielded both cognitive results and emotional commitment. Change Disruptive Learning ELearning Instruction Instructional Design Learning Development Management Social Media

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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. Instead, emotions social constructs!

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Build community through social technologies for learning. Implement a social media strategy as part of a learning experience. Use social networking applications and services to build groups with a common interest or goal. 10 Social Media Tools For Learning. Social Media and Learning. Tags: COGNITION ISD RECENT ARTICLES Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need.

Our mutual friends

Learning with 'e's

It fascinated social psychologist Stanley Milgram. So Milgram''s notion of six degrees is not so much a theory of learning, more a social contact theory, but it has significant implications for learning in the social media age. Milgram theorised that it could be established that no-one is separated from anyone else in the world by more than six social contacts. Who we know and who they know, he believed, define our social structure.