Swarm-Based Techniques in E-Learning: Methodologies and Experiences

Swarm-Based Techniques in E-Learning: Methodologies and Experiences

Sergio Gutiérrez (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain) and Abelardo Pardo (University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-756-0.ch011
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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the use of swarm-intelligence techniques in the field of e-learning. Swarm intelligence is an artificial intelligence technique inspired by the behavior of social insects. Taking into account that the Internet connects a high number of users with a negligible delay, some of those techniques can be combined with sociology concepts and applied to e-learning. The chapter analyzes several of such applications and exposes their strong and weak points. The authors hope that understanding the concepts used in the applications described in the chapter will not only inform researchers about an emerging trend, but also provide with interesting ideas that can be applied and combined with any e-learning system.

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Acknowledgment
Francisco José García-Peñalvo
Chapter 1
Ray Webster
This chapter introduces RAPAD, a reflective and participatory methodology for e-learning and lifelong learning. It argues that by engaging in a... Sample PDF
RAPAD: A Reflective and Participatory Methodology for E-learning and Lifelong Learning
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Chapter 2
Sergio Vasquez Bronfman
This chapter introduces some ideas of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger and how they can be applied to e-learning design. It argues that... Sample PDF
A Heideggerian View on E-Learning
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Chapter 3
Antonio Miguel Seoane Pardo, Francisco José García Peñalvo
This chapter outlines the problem of laying the groundwork for building a suitable online training methodology. In the first place, it points out... Sample PDF
Philosophical and Epistemological Basis for Building a Quality Online Training Methodology
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Chapter 4
Angélica Rísquez
This chapter integrates existing literature and developments on electronic mentoring to build a constructive view of this modality of mentoring as a... Sample PDF
E-Mentoring: An Extended Practice, An Emerging Discipline
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Chapter 5
Olga Díez
This chapter describes an experience in teacher training for e-learning in the field of adult education. It takes into account the models offered by... Sample PDF
Training Teachers for E-Learning, Beyond ICT Skills Towards Lifelong Learning Requirements: A Case Study
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Chapter 6
Ruth Halperin
This chapter explores institutional and socio-organisational factors that influence the adoption and use of learning management systems (LMS) in the... Sample PDF
The Role of Institutional Factors in the Formation of E-Learning Practices
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Chapter 7
Krassie Petrova, Rowena Sinclair
This chapter focuses on understanding how the value of student learning and the student learning experience could be improved given pertinent... Sample PDF
E-Learning Value and Student Experiences: A Case Study
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Chapter 8
Giovannina Albano, Pier Luigi Ferrari
This chapter is concerned with the integration of research in mathematics education and e-learning. We provide an overview of research on learning... Sample PDF
Integrating Technology and Research in Mathematics Education: The Case of E-Learning
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Chapter 9
David Camacho, Álvaro Ortigosa, Estrella Pulido, María D. R-Moreno
The evolution of new information technologies has originated new possibilities to develop pedagogical methodologies that provide the necessary... Sample PDF
AI Techniques for Monitoring Student Learning Process
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Chapter 10
Addisson Salazar, Luis Vergara
This chapter presents a study applied to the analysis of the utilization of learning Web-based resources in a virtual campus. A huge amount of... Sample PDF
Knowledge Discovery from E-Learning Activities
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Chapter 11
Sergio Gutiérrez, Abelardo Pardo
This chapter provides an overview of the use of swarm-intelligence techniques in the field of e-learning. Swarm intelligence is an artificial... Sample PDF
Swarm-Based Techniques in E-Learning: Methodologies and Experiences
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Chapter 12
Luisa M. Regueras, Elena Verdú, María A. Pérez, Juan Pablo de Castro, María J. Verdú
Nowadays, most of electronic applications, including e-learning, are based on the Internet and the Web. As the Web advances, applications should... Sample PDF
E-Learning 2.0: The Learning Community
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Chapter 13
Elena Verdú, Luisa M. Regueras, María J. Verdú, Juan Pablo de Castro, María A. Pérez
This chapter provides an overview of technology-based competitive active learning. It discusses competitive and collaborative learning and analyzes... Sample PDF
Telematic Environments and Competition-Based Methodologies: An Approach to Active Learning
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Chapter 14
Miguel Ángel Conde González, Carlos Muñoz Martín, Alberto Velasco Florines
This paper reflects the possibility of doing adaptations on a learning management system (LMS) depending on the necessities of a company or... Sample PDF
Open Source LMS Customization: A Moodle Statistical Control Application
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Chapter 15
Nuria Hernández Nanclares
This chapter analyses evaluation as a strategic instrument to promote active and significant learning and how, in that strategy, the use of... Sample PDF
Evaluation and Effective Learning: Strategic Use of E-Portfolio as an Alternative Assessment at University
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Chapter 16
Izaskun Ibabe, Joana Jauregizar
This chapter provides an introduction to formative assessment, especially applied within an online or e-learning environment. The characteristics of... Sample PDF
Formative Online Assessment in E-Learning
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Chapter 17
Conde, Conde
In this chapter we carry out analysis of the term “assessment,” applied over all the elements which constitute the environment of formation... Sample PDF
Designing an Online Assessment in E-Learning
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Chapter 18
Evelyn Gullett
Organizations, in particular HR/Training departments, strive to set forth good practices, quality assurance, and improvement on a continuing basis.... Sample PDF
Quality Assessment of E-Facilitators
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Chapter 19
Célio Gonçalo Marques, João Noivo
This chapter presents a method to measure the quality of e-learning courses. An introduction is first presented on the problematics of quality in... Sample PDF
E-QUAL: A Proposal to Measure the Quality of E-Learning Courses
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