Laurel and Associates, Ltd.

How to Avoid Learner Overload

During this two-day workshop, you will learn how to design more efficient and cost-effective learning programs that result in faster and better learning because they are based on how the brain works.

Cognitive load theory is a universal set of learning principles that are proven to result in efficient instruction because they leverage human cognitive learning processes. Based on 25 years of controlled experimental research, cognitive load theory applies to all types of content, all delivery media, and all learning.

Cognitive load theory also offers very specific design guidelines that all instructional professionals can implement.

Learn why:

  • The primary goal of instruction is to develop schemas in long-term memory
  • Computer training manuals are unnecessary
  • Having participants take notes is a bad idea
  • Worked examples are preferable to lots of practice exercises
  • Concepts and facts should be separated from process stages or task steps
  • Visuals should be explained with either audio or integrated text, not both
  • Novices need directive course designs