Brief Research Report: Psychometric properties of a cognitive load measure when assessing the load associated with a course

Miller, Dan J., Noble, Prisca, Medlen, Sue, Jones, Karina, and Munns, Suzanne L. (2023) Brief Research Report: Psychometric properties of a cognitive load measure when assessing the load associated with a course. The Journal of Experimental Education, 91 (2). pp. 401-410.

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The cognitive load imposed by instruction is an important consideration for instructional designers. Theoretical models have traditionally divided total cognitive load into intrinsic, extrinsic, and germane load. The 10-item Cognitive Load Inventory (CLI-10) is designed to measure these three types of cognitive load. It is typically administered immediately following a discrete learning activity (e.g., a lecture). This study assesses the properties of the CLI-10 when used to measure the “long-term” cognitive load experienced in a course, over a semester. To do this, the instrument was given to a group of students enrolled in a veterinary anatomy course (N = 94), toward the end of a 13-week semester. Students were asked to indicate the cognitive load they experienced across this course. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the instrument’s three-factor structure when used in this way. Further, the instrument’s three subscales performed well in terms of internal reliability and convergent and discriminant validity.

Item ID: 68743
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1940-0683
Keywords: Cognitive processes/development; factor analysis; higher education; instructional design/development; metacognition
Copyright Information: © 2021 Taylor & Francis Group
Sensitivity Note: Published Version: (C) 2021 Taylor & Francis Group. Author Accepted Manuscript version can be made open access in an Institutional Repository after an embargo of 18 months.
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 00:54
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39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation @ 33%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520403 Learning, motivation and emotion @ 34%
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