Instructional Design Summit - Part 1: When One Hour of Work Feels Like Ten: Instructional Designer Cognitive Load in Online Course Development
Concurrent Session 3
Join us for a conversation on cognitive load in online course development, how it impacts instructional designers, and what we can do to ensure we’re balancing workload to protect time and avoid burnout.
We’ll start by providing a brief overview and sharing resources around our data gathering and interpretation around instructional designer capacity in online course development over the past five semesters. We’ll discuss:
- Creating an intake rubric for course development projects
- Assigning projects and balancing load
- Tracking instructional designers project hours
- Interpreting results and refining the process
More details around the process, how to implement one for your own institution, and how to interpret results will be covered in the workshop titled “Guess Again: How to Get Better at Estimating Online Course Development ID Capacity and Workload” delivered earlier in the week.
After the brief overview of our process for balancing instructional designer load, we’ll begin a guided conversation covering the following topics:
- What is the effect of cognitive load on instructional designers?
- What changes can we make in course development processes to reduce cognitive load?
- How do we help instructional designers be more resilient in course development projects?
- How do different institutions, staffing levels, and course development processes impact processes around determining capacity?
The session will wrap up with an explanation of a research collaborative and invitation to join.
By the end of the session, participants will:
- Leave with a set of resources for designing a capacity project at their own institution
- Begin to define their institutional profile and how that might impact their projects
- Discuss the effect of cognitive load on instructional designers in course development projects
- Discuss strategies to mitigate the negative effects of cognitive load on ID time and resiliency
- Receive an invitation to join a research collaborative around instructional designer capacity, cognitive load, and online course development