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The Many Faces of Cognitive Load Theory Premium Content

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Cognitive load theory is an instructional theory based on our knowledge of human cognitive architecture. Instructional design that does not take human cognitive architecture into account is likely to be random in its effectiveness. The theory assumes that one has a limited working memory to process novel information and a...

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  • John Sweller

    John Sweller earned his Ph.D. in 1972, and has been lecturing and researching for 39 years. He has been Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, since 2006.

    His research reputation is associated with cognitive load theory, on which he began work in the early 1980s. He has authored and/or edited several special issues of various journals, and his research has been cited in academic articles, books and journals on over 6,000 occasions, with a rapidly increasing citation rate.

    He has graduated more than 40 doctoral students. He continues to collaborate on cognitive load theory with many individuals and groups. 


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