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Don't Bog Down Your Learners' Cognitive Load

Posted by Karin Rex on Mar 7, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Cognitive Load in Modern Learning When designing learning for virtual classrooms or a blended learning program, one of your primary missions is to capture and maintain the attention of your learners. 

This can be challenging in a space that is still new to many learners. Think about it: we are asking somebody to sit at a computer for one or more hours, and focus only on the content being taught.

It’s a little like putting a kid in an arcade with a bucket full of free quarters nearby and asking him to sit at a table and play Checkers with you. There are so many things calling to that person sitting at the computer: email, a newly downloaded phone app, streaming cat videos, etc.

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Topics: Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Learner Experience

24 Hours in the Life of a New Virtual Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 16, 2014 1:00:00 PM
Man with Phones


4:00 p.m.
Tomorrow I will be a virtual learner for the first time. I install the virtual classroom software for tomorrow’s course without a problem. Or so I think. As I work through the setup wizard, I realize I forgot to order a headset from the training department.

I leave a voicemail with the training office asking whether they have an extra headset that I can borrow. As a backup plan, I put the software and laptop in my bag and go shopping for a replacement headset. If I find one, I can test the audio at home. I guess it will be fast food for dinner.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Learner Experience, Modern Learners