How Much is Too Much?
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This is a small example of what your end-users go through when you overload them with information. To prevent information overload, John Sweller formulated the Cognitive Load theory. The theory suggests techniques that can be used to reduce cognitive overload on learners. This interactive session uses games to understand how we learn and identifies some writing techniques to prevent information overload.
Seema is a TechComm Architect with TIBCO. In her 12 years of experience, she has worked on storage, master data management, governance, and business integration domains. She has been using techniques suggested by the Cognitive Load theory to prevent information overload in her manuals. In her spare time, she conducts community storytelling sessions and learns to play the Djembe, which is a West African drum.