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Intrinsic and Extraneous Cognitive Load

Part of the Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies book series (LSIS,volume 1)

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Learners must process instructional information in working memory. The load imposed on working memory by that instructional information can be divided into categories depending on its function (Paas, Renkl, & Sweller, 2003, 2004; Sweller, van Merriënboer, & Paas, 1998; van Merriënboer & Sweller, 2005). Some of the working memory load is imposed by the intrinsic nature of the information and that load is called ‘intrinsic cognitive load’. It is imposed by the basic structure of the information that the learner needs to acquire for achieving learning goals irrespective of the instructional procedures used.

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  • Cognitive Load
  • Instructional Design
  • Work Memory Load
  • Element Interactivity
  • Cognitive Load Theory

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Sweller, J., Ayres, P., Kalyuga, S. (2011). Intrinsic and Extraneous Cognitive Load. In: Cognitive Load Theory. Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies, vol 1. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-8126-4_5

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