How does memory work?

How does memory work?We can learn when we are able to create new memories, store them and recall them when needed. If we want to help our students to learn efficiently, we should know something about functioning of our memory.  Human memory is the center of the cognitive learning theory.

The following Learning Map represents a brief summary about memory and its functioning. Deeper understanding  of our memory will help us understand basic instructional techniques developed on cognitive learning theory.

As educators we need to be aware of memory functioning, helping us to design such learning materials, that our students can process information successfully.

You are kindly invited to explore the Learning Map.



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About Jana Jan

Jana Jan is a co-founder of Edynco – a tool for creating interactive Learning Maps. She has more than 10 years of experience in developing of pedagogical support and quality assurance in educational process in higher education. She is also a co-author of numerous e-textbook and online courses. Now she is a member of developing team of Edynco passionate in researching different learning design approaches.

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