Why simpler relates to better learning
Recently I watched a webinar from Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) presented by Bill Schiano. HBSP has been an excellent resource for online teaching tips, and Bill has been one of the most insightful presenters. One tip from this webinar was to reduce extraneous load.
Bill shared insights from the book Cognitive Load Theory in Action, suggesting that when we learn, we have a finite amount of working memory in which to absorb new information. We need to reduce the extraneous so our listeners can focus on the important.