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The Many Faces of Cognitive Load Theory

Sunday, August 23, 2009

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


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