Article source: Wisdom Learning Institute
On September 4th, the 11th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference 2018 (ICLTC 2018) kicked off at Beijing Normal University. This conference were jointly initiated by Beijing Normal University and International Association of Cognitive Load Theory (International Cognitive Load Theory Association: ICLTA). It was organized by the Institute of Wisdom Studies of Beijing Normal University and co-organized by the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Psychology of Beijing Normal University.
Huang Ronghuai, Dean of the Institute of Wisdom Learning at Beijing Normal University, John Sweller, founder and Honorary Chairman of International Cognitive Load Theory Association ICLTA, Liu Zijian, Executive Chairman of ICLTA, and Jan L.Plass, Co-Director of the Institute of Game Education and Learning, New York University Liu Jia, Director of Psychology Department of Beijing Normal University, Detlev Leutner, Head of Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education Science, Duisburg-Essen University, Germany, and Chee-Kit Looi, Professor of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore at the same time, domestic and foreign education experts, scholars and outstanding talents from related fields gathered together to discuss in depth the cognitive load problem in the smart learning environment. The conference was held in three days. A total of four invited reports, nine rounds of academic reports and one round poster exhibition were held. The conference attracted more than 100 scholars from all over the world.
At the opening ceremony, Huang Ronghuai, as a member of the organizing committee of the conference, extended a warm welcome to all the participants and introduced the important guests of this conference.
In the special invited guest report section, Jan L.Plass shared a report entitled "Cognitive Load Theory - Challenges and Next Steps," pointing out that cognitive load theory is one of the current major teaching theories and describes a learning ability model.
Liu Jia brings a report entitled "Effective learning and Brain Plasticity", which introduces two types of brain plasticity for effective learning.
Detlev Leutner introduced the specific perspectives on self-regulated learning in a report entitled "Self-Regulated Learning and Transfer of Metacognitive Knowledge and Skills". He pointed out that effective self-regulated learning can promote the high-quality application of cognitive learning strategies.
Chee-Kit Looi's report, "When Mobile Learning meets Cognitive Load Theory," introduces his research and design of mobile learning activities and believes that an important challenge for further research is how to incorporate cognitive load theory into mobile learning. Design and seamless learning.
During the conference, more than forty authors from different countries gave wonderful reports on their latest research results in the field of cognitive load, and conducted intense discussions on research issues with domain experts. The meeting also confirmed that the next session will be held at Maastricht University in the Netherlands on June 17-19, 2019.
At the closing ceremony, John Sweller made a final speech. He summarized the important achievements of the conference and expressed his gratitude to all the staff who organized the conference.
The conference not only promoted academic exchanges in related fields, but also strengthened the emotional connection between scholars at home country and abroad. In the future, scholars will rationally allocate media resources, make good use of technical tools, and effectively design teaching strategies in exploring smart learning environments. It provides a good idea to maximize the learning effect of learners and promote the realization of advanced teaching goals.