601 Best Strategies for Reducing Cognitive Load

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Thursday, May 16

Too many training programs flood learners with content without regard for how they perceive, process, and mentally store it for the long term. Information overload is a significant hindrance to effective learning and retention. Fortunately, we can do something about it. Over the decades, cognitive load theory has been researched and refined. This interactive session introduces ways that learning experience designers can reduce high cognitive load.

In this session, we will explore a model of how people actually learn. We'll examine different types of cognitive load and their various causes. Additionally, we'll look at how cognitive load affects collaborative learning. Finally, you will gain practical instructional strategies you can use in your designs to reduce high cognitive load.

Connie Malamed

Chief Mentor

Mastering Instructional Design

Connie Malamed is the founder of the Mastering Instructional Design community. She is a consultant, author, and speaker in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients transform their content into effective and interactive learning experiences for more than 20 years. Connie is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers, and publishes The eLearning Coach website and podcast. She was honored with the Guild Master award in 2018 for contributions to the learning technologies industry.

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