Cognitive Load Theory


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  • Intrinsic Load- Give the example of standardized tests. You present a low level question, it is answered correctly, you move on to a more difficult one. If it is answered incorrectly, you move on to an easier concept. Difficult subjects can be broken down into single schema learning objectives that can be combined to learn a more difficult concept. Extraneous- There are two different ways that you can teach someone about a die. You can use many words and descriptive terms to illustrate the die, or you can show the picture below. Germane and Intrinsic load are relational. IDs should try to limit intrinsic load to promote germane.
  • The 4C/ID model developed by VanMerrienboer makes use of cognitive load theory. He is always balancing the use of complex tasks in learning with the cognitive load that these tasks cause.
  • Chandler did some of the original work for development of cognitive load theory along with Sweller. I would just say that Paas has done research testing the different aspects of cognitive load theory.
  • When designing instruction, we want our students to focus on all the data we have presented. If we state the goal in the beginning they are so focused on the goal that they lose the ability to keep other critical data in the cognitive realm. Use a goal-free setup and present information so that the student can make any conclusions possible.
  • Cognitive Load Theory

    1. 1. Instruction for Instructional Designers!<br />Cognitive Load Theory<br />For<br />DUMMIES<br />Create instruction that optimizes learner’s intellectual performance<br />A Referencefor theRest of Us!<br />Greg Francom, Carolina Robinsonand Jessica Wals<br />
    2. 2. Cognitive Architecture<br /><ul><li>Short-term memory
    3. 3. Long-term memory
    4. 4. Element interactivity</li></li></ul><li>Types of Cognitive Load<br /><ul><li>Intrinsic – All subjects have an inherent level of difficulty.
    5. 5. Extraneous – Elements that are outside of the bare bones necessary to teach a concept.
    6. 6. Germane – The amount of effort that is devoted to developing schemata.</li></li></ul><li>Researchers and Contributions<br />Jeroen van MeriënboerOpen Universiteit Nederland<br /> John SwellerUniversity of NSW, Australia<br /><ul><li>The Four-Component Instructional Design model or 4C/ID-model
    7. 7. Formulated Cognitive Load Theory
    8. 8. Research based on cognitive factors in instructional design with emphasis on instructional implications of working memory.</li></li></ul><li>Researchers and Contributions<br />Paul ChandlerUniversity of Wollongong, AU<br />Fred PaasOpen Universiteit Nederland<br /><ul><li>International Expert on cognition and learning
    9. 9. Cognitive Load Measurement as a Means to Advance Cognitive Load Theory</li></li></ul><li>IMD Guidelines<br />Example<br />Goal Specificity (Goal Free Problems)<br />Avoid stating the goal when presenting the concepts.<br />Bad Example: <br /> if y = x +6, z = 6, find the value of y<br />Good Example:<br /> if y = x +6, z = 6, find what you can<br />
    10. 10. IMD Guidelines<br />Worked Examples<br />Example for teaching Algebra<br />Following the numbered sequence, first study the worked example, then cover it, and attempt to solve the associated problem.<br />For each of the following, solve for &apos;a&apos;.<br /><ul><li>Step-by-step procedures in order to solve problem
    11. 11. Contain specific information that equates to schema and automation.</li></li></ul><li>IMD Guidelines<br />Completion Tasks<br />Example<br /><ul><li>Given State
    12. 12. Goal State
    13. 13. Partial Solution</li></ul>Other IMD Guidelines <br /><ul><li>Split attention
    14. 14. Redundancy
    15. 15. Modality & Variability</li></li></ul><li>Questions? <br />References<br /><ul><li>Van Merriënboer, J. J. G., Luursema, J. J., Kingma, H., Houweling, F., & de Vries, A. P. (1995). Fuzzy logic instructional models: The dynamic construction of programming assignments in CASCO. (R. D. Tennyson & A. E. Barron, Eds.) Automating instructional design: Computer-based development and delivery tools, 265-302.  
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