Cognitive Load and Library Instructional Design

Learn how to help your students learn more efficiently by reducing the cognitive load -- the amount of mental effort -- taken up by extraneous information and poor design. In this webinar, an experienced library instructor will demonstrate easy, non-technical best practices in instructional design that will help your information literacy teaching in any medium.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Define extraneous and intrinsic cognitive load, and how they each affect information literacy learning; and
  • Use simple best practices of instructional design to create better learning experiences and reduce extraneous cognitive load on students

Who Should Attend: Academic instruction librarians will find it most useful, but any teaching librarians will be able to use the content and ideas.


Jason Puckett is Online Learning Librarian and Associate Professor at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia. Puckett has an MLIS from Florida State University and is the author of the ACRL books Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides and Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers & Educators.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event.


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