Cognitive Load and Instructional Design

Thursday, 6/9/2022
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

An ACRL Core Webinar

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Generally, the Cognitive Load Theory is a theory about learning built on the premise that since the brain can only do so many things at once, we should be intentional about what we ask it to do. Learn how to help your students learn more efficiently by reducing the cognitive load -- the amount of mental effort -- taken up by extraneous information and poor design. In this interactive webinar, an experienced library instructor will demonstrate easy, non-technical best practices in instructional design that will help your information literacy teaching in any medium.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define extraneous and intrinsic cognitive load, and how they each affect information literacy learning

  • Use simple best practices of instructional design to create better learning experiences and reduce extraneous cognitive load on students

Who Should Attend

Academic instruction librarians will find it most useful, but any teaching librarians will be able to use the content and ideas.


Jason Puckett is Online Learning Librarian and Associate Professor at Georgia State University Library in Atlanta, Georgia. Puckett has an MLIS from Florida State University and is the author of the ACRL books Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides and Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers & Educators.



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $71
Nonmember: $79

Group Discounts
You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webcast during checkout. We offer discounts for webcasts based on the number of registrations you specify in checkout. If you are an ACRL member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the ACRL discount rate; ALA's new e-Learning store allows you to extend the ACRL member savings with colleagues at your institution.

Number of Seats Discount
2-5 15% 
6-9 25%
10+ If you are registering 10 or more individuals for a webcast, please email for special discounted pricing. 

ALA and ACRL are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of our attendees; please contact if you have special registration circumstances.

How to Register


Register Here!


Tech Requirements

ACRL Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat or by enabling your mic. The webinar will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 


If you have a question or need to make arrangements for additional assistance or accessibility, please contact Margot Conahan (