• Putting Theory to Practice: Applying Cognitive Load Theory to Resident Medical Education

    1 month ago - By Pediatric Emergency Care

    Objective
    We built 2 versions of an asynchronous pediatric orthopedic educational intervention for emergency medicine residents and sought to compare the two. We hypothesized that the version incorporating more instructional scaffolding in the form of a cognitive aid would optimize germane cognitive load for our target novice learners and result in higher test scores.
    Methods
    Learners were block randomized to either a “CA” or “non-CA” arm, each containing a random set of 18 modules. The CA arm incorporated an orthopedic fracture classification chart embedded within the diagnostic questions...
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