Stephen Downes

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I think that these results would need to be validated empirically, but the results of this preliminary enquiry into how depression impacts the online learning experience are interesting. "The women in my study spoke about their appreciation for clear and simple design. Because of the cognitive impacts of depression and lack of energy, it is important that courses are designed with essential elements clearly identified with minimal redirection or navigation. Care should be taken to emphasize clarity and readability." So that seems right to me, and it would be interesting were it to be found that cognitive overload isn't the result of processing bottlenecks, as traditionally suggested, but the result of low energy and lack of focus.

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