CAFE is an assistive evaluation toolkit that can be used by academics to apply CLT principles and effects to improve their flexible learning materials, particularly to advantage lower-performing students. CAFE Toolkit
A research project that is examining how multimedia training materials designed using Cognitive Load Theory can be used to make home dialysis training more successful. (Coming soon)
We have several research projects surrounding the "IT Girls" workshops that are designed using cognitive load theory. Watch this space for papers and also new projects.
Please check back regularly to see what's new in our group. If you would like to collaborate on a project, please contact us.
The CAFE toolkit will be launched at the 2016 Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2016) to be held at ANU in Canberra in early February. Raina and Carolyn will be leading a research and tutorial workshop called "Using Cognitive Load Theory to improve troublesome courses" as part of Australasian Computer Science Week 2016.
Participants in the workshop will be taken through a case study; and then introduced to the Cognitive Assistance Factor Evaluation (CAFE) toolkit. CAFE is a new web-based course evaluation toolkit for use by developers and academics, based on principles and techniques from CLT. The toolkit will assist in identifying potential existing weaknesses and propose interventions that are successful at improving courses. It also provides relevant links to research on each principle and technique. This workshop will be particularly suited to those participants who have responsibility for a course which contains novices, or find that some of their students disengage early with the material, "learn" material one day but are unable to do near transfer problems afterwards, or a course that currently has a relatively high attrition or failure rate.
Raina and Carolyn are looking forward to presenting a successful case study and CAFE toolkit trial at the workshop conference. CAFE Toolkit