5 Ways to Avoid Cognitive Overload with Virtual Simulation



Properly educating your workforce is essential to maintaining their overall effectiveness. Faced with reduced budgets and increased workplace demands, training staffs are looking for dynamic, cost-effective approaches to engaging employees. Knowledge transfer using simulations has emerged as a way that educators are augmenting their traditional training programs with their best experiences.


How to achieve competencies with virtual simulation


In recent instructional design literature, there is increased discussion of a concept called Cognitive Load Theory. Cognitive Load Theory is the notion that each person has a limited amount of working memory and if they are overloaded with stimuli and/or facts, they will become numb to new information and stop retaining new knowledge.

Cognitive Load Theory provides guidance on how to use virtual simulation effectively. Though making a simulation as realistic as possible is important, certain simplifications can actually improve knowledge retention. Simplifying simulations and targeting key focus areas can actually enhance the learning process. The goal should not be to