Top
1.800.628.2783
1.800.628.2783
August 2009
Issue Map
TD Magazine

The Many Faces of Cognitive Load Theory

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 large long-term memory used to store knowledge acquired for subsequent use.

The purpose of instruction is to store information in long-term memory. That information consists o

You've reached ATD member-only content.
Sign in below or join ATD to continue.
Member restrict access message