Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2014 Archive

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Getting the point: embodying cognitive load theory

14 May 2014

Join us on May 14 for a CoCo seminar by Dr Paul Ginns, Fang-Tzu (Agnes) Hu and Michael Tang titled "Getting the point: embodying cognitive load theory”.

This seminar will explore the potential for cognitive load theory – a contemporary theory of instructional design foregrounding human cognitive architecture – to be informed by evolutionary educational psychology and embodied cognition perspectives. We discuss results of a series of experiments which position pointing and tracing gestures as biologically primary knowledge that may assist learning biologically secondary knowledge, such as mathematics or physical systems.

Agnes Hu will review results of her PhD experiments. Michael Tang will discuss plans for his PhD studies investigating design of pointing and tracing gestures with tablet-based learning materials.

This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where: Room 230, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: FREE

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 2 9351 2612
    E: coco@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments

  • Speakers:

    Dr Paul Ginns is a senior lecturer in educational psychology at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. His research applies theories from cognitive science and embodied cognition, to develop and evaluate effective and efficient instructional designs through appropriate management of cognitive load.

    Fang-Tzu (Agnes) Hu has worked as an ESL teacher in Taiwan, and is currently a PhD student in educational psychology at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Her studies examine the impacts on learning of incorporating haptic input into worked example-based instruction.

    Michael Tang is a Master of Philosophy student in educational psychology at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. By applying theories from cognitive science and embodied cognition to appropriately manage cognitive loads, his research topic particularly involves studying how incorporating hand gestures can enhance learning outcomes by developing effective and efficient instructional design using multimodal-learning environments.



Getting the point: embodying cognitive load theory

Where

Education Building (A35)

Room 230

When

14 May 2014


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