Reducing Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning

Multimedia designers in educational or training settings need to think about the most effective way to deliver content and increase retention.  Cognitive Load Theory posits that humans have a finite capacity for assimilating information.  Extraneous processing is the amount of “brain power” users must to devote to non essential processing – leaving less brain power for learning.  In other words, if you overload the auditory and visual channels your learners might not retain the information you want them to.  Here’s a quick video on how to reduce cognitive load in your learners.

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