Cognitive Load Theory What is it?

If you have ever felt like this you were probably experiencing cognitive overload!
Cognitive load refers to the total amount of mental effort being used in working memory. John Sweller argues that instructional design can be used to reduce cognitive load in learners.
There are 3 types of cognitive load

Extraneous cognitive load is the only one directly under the instructor's control.

Dual tasks are one way teachers often create an extraneous cognitive load without realizing it.

There is much more to learn about cognitive load, but dual task is a great starting point.

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