Go For Performance – Video Shorts Series #05: Eliminate Seductive Details & Cognitive Overload

Eliminate Seductive Details

Theme 5 – Round 1

T&D: A focus on Tasks vs Topics would make it much easier to eliminate extraneous, seductive details, that contribute to cognitive overload, and are detrimental to mastering the authentic performance requirements back on the job.

With a focus on Topics – it’s always a guess.

This video is 28 seconds in length.


Theme 5 – Round 2

T&D: Go for a Performance Impact! To eliminate any extraneous content one needs to see clearly the tasks, outputs & Stakeholder Requirements. Quit overloading audiences. Less is often – more effective. Focus on Tasks – and Tasks Lead to Outputs – and Both Have Stakeholder Requirements.

This video is 40 seconds in length.



Theme 5 – Round 3

With a set of Performance Models and Master Performers you can…

Lean your content and graphics closer to the minimum required to avoid cognitive overload due to extraneous and seductive details. Instruction should be both “as short as possible and as long as necessary.”

I’ve been doing so in performance-based ISD since 1979, and as a consultant since 1982. You can too!

This video is 73 seconds in length.


Free Resource PDF

Modeling Mastery Performance and Systematically Deriving the Enablers for Performance Improvement – by Guy W. Wallace, CPT – Chapter 11 of the Handbook of Human Performance Technology – 3rd Edition – 2006.  This methodology was first published in this 1984 article in ISPI’s (then NSPI’s) PIJ in November 1984.

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