Designing Distributed Learning Environments with Intelligent Software Agents

Designing Distributed Learning Environments with Intelligent Software Agents

Fuhua Lin (Athabasca University, Canada)
Release Date: August, 2004|Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 330
ISBN13: 9781591405009|ISBN10: 1591405009|EISBN13: 9781591405023|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-500-9

Description

Designing Distributed Learning Environments with Intelligent Software Agents reports on the most recent advances in agent technologies for distributed learning. Chapters are devoted to the various aspects of intelligent software agents in distributed learning, including the methodological and technical issues on where and how intelligent agents can contribute to meeting distributed learning needs today and tomorrow. This book benefits the AI (artificial intelligence) and educational communities in their research and development, offering new and interesting research issues surrounding the development of distributed learning environments in the Semantic Web age. In addition, the ideas presented in the book are applicable to other domains such as Agent-Supported Web Services, distributed business process and resource integration, computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW) and e-Commerce.

Reviews and Testimonials

The book is a useful compilation...it does reveal many of the issues that you have to face in creating a new learning environment. It offers new and interesting research issues surrounding the development of distributed learning environments.

– Ian G. Kennedy, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Fuhua Lin is a Professor and the Centre Chair of the School of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Science and Technology, of Athabasca University, Canada. Dr. Lin has been conducting research in Computers in Education since 1986. He obtained his PhD in Virtual Reality from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1998. Prior to working in Athabasca University, Dr. Lin was an assistant research officer at the Institute for Information Technology (IIT) of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. Dr. Lin conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Calgary during 1998-1999.

Dr. Lin has garnered international recognition for his research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education and agent-based educational systems. His current research interest is applying AI technology through constructing effective and efficient algorithms to address challenges that may exist in traditional educational systems and to enhance online and distance learning environments, e.g. incorporating intelligence into virtual worlds for e-learning to build engaging, personalized, and interactive social virtual learning environments for online learning. He is leading a research group, the Intelligent Educational Systems group, consisting of PhD students, MSc students, researchers, and international visiting scholars. As principal investigator, Dr. Lin has received various external research grants and awards.

Dr. Lin has more than 80 publications, including edited books, journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, and reviews. He is the editor of the book Designing Distributed Learning Environments with Intelligent Software Agents published by IGI Global and is co-editor of the book Intelligent and Adaptive Learning Systems: Technology Enhanced Support for Learners and Teachers. Dr. Lin is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Distance Education Technologies. He has served as an invited reviewer for many international journals. For more information about Dr. Lin's research, please visit: oscar.athabascau.ca.

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