Using cognitive task analysis tocapture expert knowledge and skills for research and instructional design

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Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association

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Experts omit about 70% of the decisions they make when they describe how to perform a complex task. These omissions negatively impact the effectiveness of instruction. This course will introduce participants to Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA), an evidence-based method to capture complete and accurate descriptions of the knowledge and skills experts use to perform complex tasks and solve difficult problems. Participants will learn the basic skills needed to perform CTA; how to transfer results into instructional designs and research materials; and learn about research on expertise, self-report, and the effectiveness of CTA-based instruction. This interactive course will include demonstrations, practice, and individual feedback appropriate for graduate students, educational researchers, and instructional designers new to CTA.

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