Is there such a thing as too little cognitive load?

 As I adjust to having changed sectors (from Vocational Education and Training to the University sector) I’ve been keeping my one mouth shut and my two ears open as much as possible.

I’ve been lurking in new forums, paying attention to new headlines and stories and some old ideas are being pulled up to make way for new ones. It’s tiring, exciting and I can almost smell the ozone as the new synapses form!

A question is starting to break soil for me. For adult learners – what is the balance between ensuring cognitive overload doesn’t discourage learning and offering too much in the way of support so incidental learning doesn’t happen?

In the Vocational Education sector, job readiness is the goal. Some educators there argue that there is so much in a qualification that there is no room for “extras”. The qualifications have been designed by industry and learning experts and that’s enough.  Keep it simple, help them get through and master the competencies they are paying to master.

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