The common wisdom amongst instructional designers is to avoid creating an information overload. Don’t overburden the learner. Just keep things simple. Make it easy.

Yeah well, I’m a reality junkie. I don’t think every job and every piece of content can be made easy. Some domains are inherently complex. Some people are expected to meet higher performance standards or sophisticated outcomes. ‘Keep it simple’ is the epitome of folksy wisdom. You can appreciate where it’s coming from, but you really can’t blindly follow it and indiscriminately simplify everything under the sun.

It’s far worse when we turn that folksy wisdom on ourselves and cap our professional development by avoiding information overloads ourselves! So, in the spirit of a love for learning and pragmatism I invite you to explore ideas about managing information overloads than only resolving to avoid them.

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