Integrating Tutoring Systems for Distributed Learning Environments

Integrating Tutoring Systems for Distributed Learning Environments

Fuhua Lin (Athabasca University, Canada), Larbi Esmahi (Athabasca University, Canada) and Lawrence Poon (Athabasca University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-500-9.ch007
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This chapter discusses an integrated approach to designing and developing adaptive distributed learning environments. It presents a distributed learning environment based on agent technology and Web services technology. Agents are expected to be used as the core components in intelligent distributed learning environments because of their inherent natures: autonomous, intelligent, sociable, etc. However, to integrate agents into existing legacy learning environments or into heterogeneous learning environments, one may encounter many difficulties. They may be technical issues, economical issues, social issues, or even political issues. Web services technology, on the other hand, characterized by its standardized communication protocol, interoperability, and easy integration and deployment, is an excellent complimentary partner with agents in distributed learning environments. The integration of Web services and agents simplifies the complexity of development, saves time, and, most important of all, makes distributed learning environments feasible and practical. To take advantage of the merits of agents and Web services, we advocate agent-supported Web services in designing and developing distributed learning environments.

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Fuhua Lin
Chapter 1
Hilton José Silva de Azevedo, Edson Emílio Scalabrin
This chapter introduces the design and implementation of a multiagent system based on a collaborative online learning environment (COLE). The... Sample PDF
A Human Collaborative Online Learning Environment Using Intelligent Agents
Chapter 2
Weiqin Chen, Barbara Wasson
In the context of distributed collaborative learning, it is usually difficult for students to be aware of others’ activities and for instructors to... Sample PDF
Intelligent Agents Supporting Distributed Collaborative Learning
Chapter 3
Larry Korba, George Yee, Yuefei Xu, Song Ronggong, Andrew S Patrick, Khalil El-Khatib
The objective of this chapter is to explore the challenges, issues, and solutions associated with satisfying requirements for privacy and trust in... Sample PDF
Privacy and Trust in Agent-Supported Distributed Learning
Chapter 4
Chunsheng Yang
This chapter first addresses the issue of the importance of intelligence in MAS-based DLEs. Then, it stresses that there are three main intelligent... Sample PDF
Intelligence in MAS-Based Distributed Learning Environments
Chapter 5
Ping Chen, Wei Ding
As the education field is becoming increasingly technology heavy, more educational systems involve line or interactive training and tutoring... Sample PDF
Knowledge Management for Agent-Based Tutoring Systems
Chapter 6
Mohamed Ally
This chapter provides information on how to design intelligent tutoring systems for distributed learning to cater to individual learner needs and... Sample PDF
Intelligent Tutoring Systems for Distributed Learning
Chapter 7
Fuhua Lin, Larbi Esmahi, Lawrence Poon
This chapter discusses an integrated approach to designing and developing adaptive distributed learning environments. It presents a distributed... Sample PDF
Integrating Tutoring Systems for Distributed Learning Environments
Chapter 8
Larbi Esmahi, Fuhua Lin
This chapter describes a multiagent system for delivering adaptive e-learning. This chapter also provides a discussion of three issues related to... Sample PDF
A Multiagent Framework for an Adaptive E-Learning Systems
Chapter 9
Hong Lin
In this chapter, we use the Chemical Reaction Metaphor (Banatre & Le Metayer, 1990, 1993, 1996) to model the interactions among program units... Sample PDF
A Language for Specifying Agent Systems in E-Learning Environments
Chapter 10
Timothy K. Shih, Ying-Hong Wang, Yung-Hui Chen
Agent technology can be used to represent individuals participating in a virtual university. Avatars are virtual actors on behalf of students and... Sample PDF
A VR-Based Virtual Agent System
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