Design and Evaluation of Web-based Learning Environments using Information Foraging Models

Design and Evaluation of Web-based Learning Environments using Information Foraging Models

Nikolaos Tselios (University of Patras, Greece), Christos Katsanos (University of Patras, Greece), Georgios Kahrimanis (University of Patras, Greece) and Nikolaos Avouris (University of Patras, Greece)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-633-4.ch017
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In this chapter methods and tools for effective design and evaluation of web-based learning environments are presented. The main aspect addressed by this proposal is that of increasing findability of information in large web sites of learning information content by applying methods and tools based on the information foraging model. It is argued that through this approach, issues of learning content structure and usability may be also addressed. In particular, we propose four different ways to have information foraging theory informing the design. Directives, to ensure proper learning content structuring and cues with strong scent, tools based on LSA to automate the design and evaluation process, methods to construct archetypal learner’s profiles from user data and added functions to realise collaborative information filtering and personal information patch creation, thus allowing learners to organize their reference materials in a meaningful and constructive way.

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Miltiadis D. Lytras
Claus Pahl
Chapter 1
Christian Gütl
Modern, computer-supported learning must go far beyond simply delivering learning content in a one-fit-for-all approach to students. It instead... Sample PDF
Moving Towards a Generic, Service-based Architecture for Flexible Teaching and Learning Activities
Chapter 2
Toshio Okamoto, Toshie Ninomiya, Mizue Kayama, Naomi Nagata
This chapter describes collaborative e-Learning system and e-Pedagogy with Learning Resource Infrastructure for distributed knowledge sharing. In... Sample PDF
Collaborative E-Learning System and E-Pedagogy: Learning Resource Infrastructure for Distributed Knowledge Sharing
Chapter 3
Gerard Gleeson, Claus Pahl
E-Learning has been a topic of increasing interest in recent years, due mainly to the fact that content and tool support can now be offered at a... Sample PDF
Service-based Grid Architectures to support the Virtualization of Learning Technology Systems
Chapter 4
Phillip Grew, Elena Pagani, Francesco Giudici
The term e learning indicates products that differ very much both in services supplied and in design. E learning platforms do not necessarily... Sample PDF
From e Learning to m Learning: Architectures to Support University Teaching
Chapter 5
Stephen R. Chastain, Jason Caudill
Podcasting has quickly emerged as a leading technology in the new field of mobile learning. Tracing this new technology’s history over the past two... Sample PDF
Architectures of Existing and Conceptual Applications of Podcasting in E-learning Systems
Chapter 6
Andreas Harrer, Alke Martens
Computer based teaching and training systems in general, and Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) in particular, are usually based on similar... Sample PDF
A Step towards a Pattern Language for e-Learning Systems
Chapter 7
Pierre Laforcade, Thierry Nodenot, Christophe Choquet, Pierre-Andre Caron
This chapter deals with the application of Model-Driven Engineering and Model-Driven Architecture approaches in a Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)... Sample PDF
Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) and Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) applied to the Modeling and Deployment of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Systems: promises, challenges and issues
Chapter 8
Sean W.M. Siqueira, Maria Helena L.B> Braz, Rubens N. Melo
As people have come to realize that the use of technology can improve the learning process, so e-learning has increased in importance. However... Sample PDF
Accessibility, Digital Libraries and Semantic Web Standards in an E-Learning Architecture
Chapter 9
Cristina Hava Muntean, Gabriel-Miro Muntean
Lately, user quality of experience (QoE) during their interaction with a system is a significant factor in the assessment of most systems. However... Sample PDF
End-User Quality of Experience-Aware Personalized E-Learning
Chapter 10
Lahcen Oubahssi, Monique Grandbastien
In this chapter we propose functional specifications and a component-based architecture for designing e-learning platforms. An important feature is... Sample PDF
E-learning systems reengineering: Functional specifications and component based architecture
Chapter 11
C. Bouras, E. Giannaka, Th. Tsiatos
E-learning and web-based training have been evolved over time from a newborn trend for complementing the learning process to a major form of... Sample PDF
An Integrated Architecture for Supporting Vocational Training
Chapter 12
Santi Caballé, Thanasis Daradoumis, Fatos Xhafa
This study aims to explore the importance of efficient management of event information generated from group activity in collaborative learning... Sample PDF
A Generic Platform for the Systematic Construction of Knowledge-based Collaborative Learning Applications
Chapter 13
Peter Brusilovsky, Vincent P. Wade, Owen Conlan
This paper argues that a new generation of powerful E-learning systems could start on the crossroads of two emerging fields: courseware re-use and... Sample PDF
From Learning Objects to Adaptive Content Services for E-Learning
Chapter 14
Enver Sangineto
In this chapter we show the technical and methodological aspects of an e-learning platform for automatic course personalization built during the... Sample PDF
An Adaptive e-learning Platform for Personalized Course Generation
Chapter 15
Yvan Peter, Xavier Le Pallec, Thomas Vantroys
The rise of the pedagogical scenario approach supported by the standardisation of IMS Learning Design is changing the focus from the pedagogical... Sample PDF
Pedagogical Scenario Modelling, Deployment, Execution and Evolution
Chapter 16
Andreas Schmidt
Recently, the situatedness of learning has come to the center of attention in both research and practice, also a result of the insight that... Sample PDF
Impact of context-awareness on the architecture of learning support systems
Chapter 17
Nikolaos Tselios, Christos Katsanos, Georgios Kahrimanis, Nikolaos Avouris
In this chapter methods and tools for effective design and evaluation of web-based learning environments are presented. The main aspect addressed by... Sample PDF
Design and Evaluation of Web-based Learning Environments using Information Foraging Models
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