Learning Portfolio 3- Question 1: Summary

Q1) In your own words, write a summary of the article and provide critical analysis/discussion on the topic(s) of the article.

Performance load is the basis of design, measuring how well we can do things depending on how much effort is needed to complete the task at hand. The chance of producing something of a good standard will be based on the mental effort (cognitive load), and physical effort (kinematic load)—the less effort taken, the higher chances of success. (doctordisruption, 2011).

Explained by Cooper (1998), cognitive load relies on much of our working memory; but as our memory is limited within it’s capacity and term of memory, too much cognitive load can disrupt our learning process (Cooper, 1998). Things like inserting a change card into a slot machine and using remotes to unlock car doors are some examples for kinematic load. (Lidwell, Holden, Butler & Elam, 2010).

As Fritz, R. (2014) says, “When you are able to shift to a structure that leads to resolution rather than oscillation, you will increase not only your possibility for further accomplishment but also your probability for further accomplishment.” (Fritz, 2014)


Cooper, G. (1998). Research into Cognitive Load Theory and Instructional Design at UNSW. [Retrieved from http://dwb4.unl.edu/Diss/Cooper/UNSW.htm ]

Fritz, R. (2014). The Path of Least Resistance. Burlington: Elsevier Science.

Lidwell, W., Holden, K., Butler, J., & Elam, K. (2010). Universal principles of design. Beverly, Mass.: Rockport Publishers.

Principles of Design #36 – Performance Load. (2011). Doctor disruption. Retrieved from http://www.doctordisruption.com/design/principles-of-design-36-performance-load/


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