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A Mechanistic Foundation for Instructor-Regulated Collective Learning


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education Volume 34, Number 2, ISSN 1470-8175


The theory of memory and the ability to influence learning with conscious and unconscious factors, both internal and external, is reviewed. From a connectionist view of memory, the interactive compensatory model of learning is introduced, with an emphasis on the plastic components (motivation, prior knowledge, and metacognition) that can be regulated. Expert students, but not naive students, have a considerable ability to self-regulate their learning processes and improve performance in undergraduate courses. We propose that in a class situation, there are emergent opportunities for an instructor who understands the dynamics of the learning environment to provide regulation for collective learning of multiple students and improve group learning. There are three interfaces for instructor-regulated collective learning, and examples are provided for each to suggest how instructors may effectively provide regulation.


Brooks, D.W. & Markwell, J. (2006). A Mechanistic Foundation for Instructor-Regulated Collective Learning. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 34(2), 103-110. Retrieved January 21, 2020 from .

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