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Cognitive Theory and Instructional Media

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Gail Ruby

Computers exchanging information

Abstract

Cognitive theory describes the mechanisms within memory that transform the information received through sensory inputs into knowledge. These mechanisms and their application to instruction created using authoring software is examined. Cognitive methods for training and instruction discussed include: managing cognitive load, managing attention, activation of prior knowledge, implicit and explicit mental models, knowledge transfer, problem based learning, metacognitive skills, and motivation. Application of these cognitive methods is discussed for various instructional authoring programs such as: Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, ToolBook Instructor, ToolBook Assistant, Designer’s Edge, Net Synergy , Designer's Edge Enterprise - a Designer's Edge Dreamweaver Extension, Manager’s Edge, Macromedia Authorware 7, and Qarbon ViewletBuilder 4. Knowing the capabilities of authoring software provides the instructional designer options in the application of cognitive theory to the creation of instruction.

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