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We know that 'zoom fatigue' exists and maybe some ways individually how to avoid it:

  1. Article in the National Geographic about why it happens
  2. Article in the Harvard Business Review on how to avoid it


My question is:

Is there any research or empirical guidelines somewhere to say when we are designing:

  • Maximum length of sessions and breaks needed (if at all)
  • Time between sessions on a longer programme that would normally be a week long course, lets say? One day after another or a days break in between each?
  • If you had a session in the morning and then one in the afternoon, any data to support length of break in between morning and afternoon?

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  • This doesn't directly address length of session etc but John Sweller's research on cognitive load helps you think about designing your sessions and how much information you should be including at any one time.

    • Thanks Kerry. Do you have a link to John Swellers work?

  • Great question. There's research from Cindy Huggett, CPTD about what people do, but that's not the same as research about what is best!

    • Thanks Jo I have seen this one and it is a good remonder!

  • Hi Krys, a couple of links that might be interesting.

    I haven't looked at them in detail yet to see if they answer your question, but thought I'd share rather than delay! :D

    Twitter chat:#LrnSciChat on 27 May 2020 | Applying Cognitive Scienc...

    The Learning Scientists Digest #146: The Psychology of “...

    #LrnSciChat on 27 May 2020 | Applying Cognitive Science Principles During Remote Learning
    This is the summary of the #LrnSciChat on 27 May 2020 on Applying Cognitive Science Principles During Remote Learning hosted by Dr Carolina Kuepper-T…
  • This is for webinars, and from the ON24 Webinar Benchmarks Report 2019.

    Obviously it's not specifically what you are asking, but it gives a clue that over the years people are still wanting to a) watch most of a webinar and b) that investment of time is creeping up. 

    I would interpret this to mean that an hour live online is absolutely doable (and more besides), but that's based just on this webinar data. 


  • Here is a link to the discussion on LinkedIn


    Krystyna Gadd FLPI on LinkedIn: There seems to be little quantitative research out there around bes…
    There seems to be little quantitative research out there around best practice, when designing ONLINE learning programmes and how to space out the ses…
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