Standard practice and Cognitive Load Theory

Cognitive load theory displays strong consistencies with current knowledge regarding memory, thought, learning and problem solving.

It is a theory which views the limitations of working memory to be the primary impediment to learning.

Reducing extraneous cognitive load increases the mental resources that are available to be applied to activities that are germane to learning.

Working memory resources may also be expanded by presenting mixed mode visual and audio resources. The expanded capacity of mental resources can thus be applied to activities germane to learning.

The effects generated by cognitive load theory often "fly in the face" of standard practices. This attests to the strength of the theory. The table below outlines this observation.