Evolving Learning in the Stuff Swamp

Evolving Learning in the Stuff Swamp

Jon Dron (University of Brighton, UK), Chris Boyne (University of Brighton, UK) and Richard Mitchell (University of Brighton, UK)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-034-9.ch010
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Abstract

This chapter describes the theory, background and some uses of CoFIND (Collaborative Filter in N Dimensions), a Web-based database of learning resources which is created by and for learners. CoFIND is designed to exploit principles of evolution and self-organisation to create an emergent structure to learning resources. Through the manipulation of learner-supplied metadata such as classifications and ratings, this structure shapes itself to the needs of the learners who create it, providing something akin to guidance traditionally supplied by a teacher. The chapter starts with a discussion of the weaknesses of existing means for groups of learners to discover learning resources including search engines, directories, seals of approval, and collaborative filters. It considers a range of methods by which self-organisation is achieved in natural systems (notably evolution and stigmergy) and which underpin the CoFIND system. CoFIND is described and examples are given of some of its uses. The authors discuss some issues which arise, especially its cold-start problem, influences of surrounding systems and the role of motivation. The chapter concludes with a discussion of potential future directions for CoFIND and identifies some other aspects of learning environments which may benefit from such a self-organising system.

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Preface
Nandish V. Patel
Acknowledgments
Nandish V. Patel
Chapter 1
Nandish V. Patel
This chapter examines the issues of who an IS developer is and what constitutes IS design activity. These questions are critical to informing the... Sample PDF
Deferred System's Design: Countering the Primacy of Reflective IS Development with Action-Based Information Systems
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Chapter 2
Anders I. Morch
This chapter is about evolutionary application development as a means for including end users in further development of existing software systems.... Sample PDF
Evolutionary Growth and Control in User Tailorable Systems
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Chapter 3
Randall Perrey, Mark Lycett
This chapter examines the issues surrounding the development of adaptive evolutionary systems by evaluating the characteristics of contemporary... Sample PDF
Adaptive and Evolutionary Systems: Lessons From Object, Component and Agent Approaches
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Chapter 4
Dimitrios Stamoulis, Dimitrios Theotokis, Drakoulis Martakos, Georgios Gyftodimos
This chapter introduces ateleology as a new paradigm for developing information systems (IS). It argues that the user should be able to modify the... Sample PDF
Ateleological Developments of "Design-Decisions-Independent" Information Systems
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Chapter 5
Anders I. Morch
This chapter presents a novel approach for conceptualising and organising computer applications for the purpose of simplifying end-user... Sample PDF
Aspect-Oriented Software Components
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Chapter 6
Nandish V. Patel
The aim of this chapter is to formulate theoretical foundations for deferring the IS design process to inform adaptable usage of deferred systems. A... Sample PDF
The Logic of Deferring the Design Process
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Chapter 7
Yvonne Dittrick, Olle Lindeberg
Changes in the use context of computer programs require flexibility and adaptability of the software itself. But, how do you design for change in... Sample PDF
Designing for Changing Work and Business Practices
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Chapter 8
Julie A. McCann
This chapter introduces adaptivity and Internet applications. Its focus is on streaming media, i.e., in particular, the streaming of audio over the... Sample PDF
Adaptivity for Improving Web Streaming Application Performance
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Chapter 9
G. Ghinea, J. P. Thomas
Distributed multimedia systems are characterised by a broad spectrum of quality of service (QoS) parameters which must be managed dynamically to... Sample PDF
Adaptable QoS Management Communication Architectures for User Perception
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Chapter 10
Jon Dron, Chris Boyne, Richard Mitchell
This chapter describes the theory, background and some uses of CoFIND (Collaborative Filter in N Dimensions), a Web-based database of learning... Sample PDF
Evolving Learning in the Stuff Swamp
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Chapter 11
Patty Kostkova, Julie A. McCann
In this chapter we describe MAGNET, a tuplespace-based framework for dynamic trading of services addressing the needs of application in... Sample PDF
Support for Dynamic Trading and Runtime Adaptability in Mobile Environments
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Chapter 12
Charalampos Vassiliou, Dimitrios Stamoulis, Aanastasios Spiliotopoulos, Drakoulis Martakos
This chapter introduces a comprehensive review in personalization techniques and presents key features of personalized e-services. A framework is... Sample PDF
Creating Adaptive Web Sites Using Personalisation Techniques: A Unified, Integrated Approach and the Role of Evaluation
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Chapter 13
Stephen L. Dyer
This chapter discusses the design of a technique for measuring the flexibility of business information systems. It argues that a technique for... Sample PDF
A Conceptual Framework Enabling Assessment of Software Flexibility in Business
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Alan Eardley, Hanifa Shah, June Lazander-Reed
This chapter begins by looking at the changing nature of business strategy as flexible strategies become more important in a changing business... Sample PDF
Methods for Developing Flexible Strategic Information Systems: Is the Answer Already Out There?
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Chapter 15
Judith Masthoff
This chapter discusses the evaluation of adaptive systems, as it is important to investigate the effectiveness of adaptation and how it may be... Sample PDF
The Evaluation of Adaptive Systems
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