Slava Kalyuga: Understanding Boundaries of Cognitive Load Theory @ MAGNET Town Hall, 2 Metrotech Center, 8th floor, Brooklyn, NY

09/19/2016 2:30 pm – 09/19/2016 4:00 pm Understanding Boundaries of Cognitive Load Theory Slava Kalyuga, University of New South Wales, Australia Conditions of applicability and moderating factors are essential components of any theory. As such, levels of element interactivity and learner prior knowledge (expertise) have been extensively discussed in cognitive load theory. This talk addresses some other characteristics of learning processes that may allow better understanding of the boundaries of this theory. Among the discussed potential implications are the needs to differentiate specific instructional goals of learning activities and move away from the traditional dichotomy of direct instruction and minimal guidance in complex learning environments towards a more flexible approach. Slava Kalyuga is Professor of Educational Psychology at the School of Education, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where he has been involved in cognitive load research since 1994. His specific contributions to this research field include detailed experimental studies of the role of learner prior knowledge in learning (the expertise reversal effect), the audio-visual redundancy effect in multimedia learning, and the development of rapid diagnostic assessment methods for tailoring instruction to levels of learner expertise. He has published over 100 refereed papers and several books. Prof Kalyuga is currently an associate editor of Learning and Instruction.