Regulative Loops, Step Loops and Task Loops

In IJAIED 26 (1)

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Assessment, Augmented reality, Authoring tool, Automatic grading, AutoTutor, Barriers to adoption, Carelessness, Classroom study, Coaching, Cognition, Cognitive model, Cognitive tutor authoring tools, Cognitive Tutors, Collaborative problem solving, Competences management, Complexity science, Computer agent, Computer-assisted learning, Computer-supported collaborative learning, Computers and Education, Constraint-Based Modeling, Context awareness, Contexts history, Contraint-based tutors, Controlled experiment, Cross-curricular skills, Cultural Semantics, Digital Divide, Discourse processes, Drama managed environment, Dynamic Contextualisation, Educational data mining, Educational Technology, Embodied cognition, Epistemic forms, Erroneous examples, Formative assessment, Game-based features, Game-based learning, Gamification, Help Seeking, Hierarchical complexity theory, History, Human learning, IJAIED, Inductive logic programming, Intelligent agents, Intelligent authoring system, Intelligent Learning Environments, Intelligent tutoring, Intelligent Tutoring System, Intelligent tutroing, intelligent tutroing systems, Mirroring, Self-regulation


This commentary suggests a generalization of the conception of the behavior of tutoring systems, which the target article characterized as having an outer loop that was executed once per task and an inner loop that was executed once per step of the task. A more general conception sees these two loops as instances of regulative loops, which repeatedly compare students’ performances to a gold standard and give advice on how to bring that performance closer to the standard. Keywords