The cognitive load theory also suggests that students are more likely to absorb information when they receive smaller amounts of material at a time, rather than a large amount of material all at once. This means it may be better to assign shorter assignments like short essays or tests instead of lengthy written responses. Finally, flow theory proposes that when individuals are completely engaged in an activity they experience greater enjoyment and increased motivation towards completing it; teachers can create enjoyable yet challenging assignments by adjusting difficulty levels based on each student’s individual proficiency level.
When designing online tasks, instructors should consider these theories to ensure their students receive a challenge but are not overloaded. They can also provide them with a fun learning experience.