Assisting Learners to Dynamically Adjust Learning Processes by Software Agents

Assisting Learners to Dynamically Adjust Learning Processes by Software Agents

Pan (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), Pan (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), Weidong (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia) and Weidong (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-958-8.ch003
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Abstract

In order to make online learning more productive, software agent technology has been applied to provide services for learners to assist them to construct knowledge in constructivist ways. This paper is focused on the application of software agents in assisting learners to dynamically adjust learning processes. Unlike pedagogical agents, the agents in this application do not hold domain knowledge but simply assist learners to get through the learning process by a variety of supportive services. They assist learners to develop personalized preferred learning plans and guide them to dynamically align learning towards their goals. In this paper, the online learning process is first investigated and an approach to assisting learners to dynamically adjust learning processes is outlined. Then the structure of the UOL (unit of learning) database that provides links between a practical learning scenario and the required services is explored. A multi-agent architecture for realizing the services is configured and the roles of the involved agents are described. After that, the related agent algorithms for guiding learners to dynamically adjust learning processes are described.

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Preface
Vijayan Sugumaran
Acknowledgment
Chapter 1
Simon Schwingel, Gottfried Vossen, Peter Westerkamp
E-learning environments and their system functionalities resemble one another to a large extent. Recent standardization efforts in e-learning... Sample PDF
Securing the Infrastructure for Service-Based E-Learning Environments
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Chapter 2
Ralf Bruns, Jürgen Dunkel
We propose the software architecture of a new generation of advisory systems using Intelligent Agent and Semantic Web technologies. Multi-agent... Sample PDF
Intelligent Agents for E-Learning
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Chapter 3
Pan, Pan, Weidong, Weidong
In order to make online learning more productive, software agent technology has been applied to provide services for learners to assist them to... Sample PDF
Assisting Learners to Dynamically Adjust Learning Processes by Software Agents
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Chapter 4
Mohamed Salah Hamdi
The evolution of the Internet into the Global Information Infrastructure has led to an explosion in the amount of available information. The result... Sample PDF
Combating Information Overload by Means of Information Customization Systems
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Chapter 5
Ivan Jureta, Manuel Kolp, Stéphane Faulkner
Today, high volume of goods and services is being traded using online auction systems. The growth in size and complexity of architectures to support... Sample PDF
An Agent-Oriented Perspective on E-Bidding Systems
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Chapter 6
Patricia Anthony
Online auctions are becoming extremely popular because of the convenience that it offers to the consumers. Much work has been done in designing... Sample PDF
Implementing Seller Agent in Multiple Online Auctions
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Alexander Serenko
This chapter reports on an empirical investigation of user perceptions of the importance of several characteristics of interface agents. Interface... Sample PDF
The Importance of Interface Agent Characteristics from the End-User Perspective
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Eduardo H. Ramírez, Ramón F. Brena
In this chapter we discuss the general aspects related to the utilization of MultiAgent systems in Enterprise environments with special emphasis on... Sample PDF
Multiagent Systems and Web Services in Enterprise Environments
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Chapter 9
Xining Li, Lei Song
Mining information from distributed data sources over the Internet is a growing research area. The introduction of mobile agent paradigm opens a new... Sample PDF
A Service Discovery Model for Mobile Agent Based Distributed Data Mining
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Chapter 10
M. A. Serhani, M. E. Badidi, A. Benharref, R. Dssouli, H. Sahraoui
With the proliferation of Web services and their wide adoption as a novel technology for business-to-business interactions on the Web, Quality of... Sample PDF
Integration of Management of Quality of Web Services in Service Oriented Architecture
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Sebastian C. Brandt, Marcus Schlüter, Matthias Jarke
The design and development processes of complex technical systems are of crucial importance to the competitiveness of a technology-oriented... Sample PDF
Using Semantic Technologies for the Support of Engineering Design Processes
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Rafael Cunha Cardoso, Fernando da Fonseca de Souza, Ana Carolina Salgado
Currently, systems dedicated to information retrieval/extraction perform an important role on fetching relevant and qualified information from the... Sample PDF
Using Semantic Web Concepts to Retrieve Specific Domain Information from the Web
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Hung V. Nguyen, H. Davulcu
Most search engines do their text query and retrieval using keywords. However, vendors cannot anticipate all possible ways in which shoppers search... Sample PDF
On the Problem of Mining Phrase Definition from Item Descriptions
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K. Abumani, R. Nedunchezhian
Data mining techniques have been widely used for extracting non-trivial information from massive amounts of data. They help in strategic... Sample PDF
Improved Privacy: Preserving Techniques in Large Database
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