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Understanding Cognitive Load Theory for Better Online Course Design
Fundamental decisions about online course design can be daunting, but a basic understanding of Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) - that is, the way our learners process information - can help inform and guide these decisions.

In this session, we will use the fundamentals of CLT to explore Moodle’s course design tools, features, and strategies. Using lots of examples (the good and the bad!), we will look at different course formats and how these impact the overall look, feel, and function of your course, as well as features such as stealth mode, activity completion, and auto-linking that can help streamline navigation and scaffold learning experiences.

By using Moodle to reduce extraneous cognitive load, we can create cleaner, more organized, online learning environments for our students.
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Speakers

Lauren Goodman
Learning Designer @Moodle US
Lauren has always worked in education, as a teacher and consultant in China and Japan and more recently as a public higher education administrator and adjunct faculty member in the U.S. She is committed to open education and equity-minded online course design, and loves helping others learn how to use Moodle to achieve their individual goals. Lauren has an MFA in Fiction Writing, an M.Ed. in Learning, Media, and Technology, and is currently completing a PhD in Instructional Technologies at UMass Amherst.
Vanessa Royce
Learning Designer @Moodle US
Vanessa started her career in education in public schools, working primarily with students ages K-12 whose families chose online learning. Vanessa quickly built relationships with these students and families and knew that online learning would be her niche. After a few years, Vanessa began expanding her repertoire by training other online educators in best practices for online learning in addition to fully supporting the Moodle LMS. She has spoken at a number of educational conferences, holds the MEC, and continues to pursue both formal and informal education to further her career. Vanessa has a Masters in Educational Leadership as well as a teaching certification issued by the State of Pennsylvania.