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Cognitive Load Theory


This short course, Cognitive Load Theory, is an example of microlearning. It addresses the single concept of cognitive load and how it impacts the learning process. The concept is addressed in many ways – a video explanation, a Q & A video, an infographic and formative assessment questions. A number of practical examples in the module, make the concept simple and relevant to instructional designers, teachers, trainers and subject matter experts. The final quiz checks your understanding of Cognitive Load Theory and the associated terms through a short scenario – an extract from R.K. Narayan’s famous novel Malgudi Days and its lovable character, Swamy.

Who should take this course?

This course is meant for instructional designers, content developers, teachers and trainers – all those who are involved in teaching or designing any kind of learning material.

How is the course designed?

The course is structured and designed as follows:

  • Introduction to Cognitive Load Theory
  • Understanding Cognitive Load Theory
  • Types of Cognitive Load
  • Implications for Instructional Designers
  • Cognitive Load: Summary
  • Final Assessment

The course presents a number of interesting examples to help you connect theory with practice. The course is designed in such a manner that it gradually takes you from familiar terms to the unfamiliar terms or jargon, such as schema, intrinsic cognitive load, element interactivity and so on.



Course Name Cognitive Load Theory
Skills Addressed Creative Application: Identify ways to manage cognitive load
(Learning Time)
Learning Seat Time – 1 hour; Course Access – 15 Days
Target Audience Instructional Designers; Content Developers; Trainers; Teachers
Online Assessment Yes


To qualify for your certificate from Purnima Valiathan, you must complete all episodes in this course and score 70% or more in the course assessment.

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  1. Good course


    A very useful course. which adopts the theory that is being taught.

    I am not a big fan of fill in the blanks though as you need to remember the exact term, which is quite difficult for an aging memory. 🙂

  2. Course Review


    The course is really good, concepts are clearly explained.
    Please add review option for final assessment to review the answers. I felt like my answers are correct but it seems to be wrong, so add review option for final assessment. It would help to learn better. Now i feel like concepts that I have consumed is wrong.

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