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403 Cognitive Load: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Thursday, April 13

Tracks: Instructional Design

Series: Instructional Design Summit

Many of us have heard the term “cognitive load” and have generally been told to reduce it. Did you know that there is a “good” kind of cognitive load? There are actually three kinds: one we can mitigate, one difficult to mitigate, and one we may not want to mitigate. This makes cognitive load less an act of removal and more an act of balance.

In this session, we will identify the three types of cognitive load (intrinsic, extraneous, and germane) and openly discuss ways to make the most of each. You will learn how to balance these three types to reduce learner effort, increase engagement, and improve learner performance.

In this session you will learn:

  • To identify and differentiate the three different types of cognitive load
  • To analyze which types of cognitive load should be reduced or, if appropriate, embraced
  • Methods and techniques to improve the most difficult kind of cognitive load (intrinsic)
  • To design and construct learning using a balance of strategic cognitive load techniques to improve the learner experience

Kevin Lange

Learning Governance and Technology Manager

The Mosaic Company

Kevin Lange is a learning governance and technology manager with The Mosaic Company. Since 2005, Kevin has worked as a facilitator, instructional designer, project and program manager, and learning strategist within academic, consulting, and Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies, including Capital One, Citi, Expedia, American Express, Deloitte, and Sony. Kevin holds bachelor’s degrees in radio-television and speech communication from Southern Illinois University, an MBA from Indiana State University, and an MEd in educational technology from the University of Florida.