#3 in the ‘8 way to save yourself from…’ series.
There’s a lot of noise at the moment about everyone reducing their attention span down below that of a goldfish but you may be surprised to hear that goldfish have good attention spans and memories, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to avoid danger or find food. In fact, reduced attention span seems to be a bit of a myth despite the ever increasing demand for shorter bursts of learning.
The amount of time we pay attention is often task dependent, person dependent and highly dependent on our motivation to want to pay attention.
There is a challenge, however, with cognitive overload which is possibly increasing because we ask ourselves to pay attention to so much at once. Your brain simply can’t take in more information because you are already too busy processing other information. Are you guilty of overloading your students, colleagues, learners?
Below is a visual way of depicting 8 ways to prevent cognitive overload to give you a different way of absorbing this information.
How will you modify one of your sessions for each one of the eight suggestions to help your learners process information more easily, quickly and so it sticks for longer?
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