Enhancing e-Learning Environment with Embedded Recommender Systems

Enhancing e-Learning Environment with Embedded Recommender Systems

Mohamed S. El Sayed (Canadian International College (CIC), Egypt), Mona Nasr (Helwan University, Egypt) and Torky I. Sultan (Helwan University, Egypt)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1984-5.ch017
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Recommended learning objects are obtained by using a range of recommendation strategies based mainly on content based filtering and collaborative filtering approaches, each applied separately or in combination.
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E-Learning Systems

Distance learning is a general term used to refer to a form of learning in which the instructor and student are separated by space or time where the gap between the two is bridged through the use of online technologies.

E-Learning is used interchangeably in a wide variety of contexts. In distance education Universities like Open University, it is defined as a planned teaching/learning experience that uses a wide spectrum of technologies mainly Internet to reach learners at a distance (Jonathan, 004). Lately in most Universities, E-Learning is used to define a specific mode to attend a course or programs of study where the students rarely, if ever, attend face-to-face or for on-campus access to educational facilities, because they study on-line.

E-Learning Provider Categories

There are thousands of E-Learning sites on the internet and they fall into two basic categories.

  • Service providers: Partner with businesses and provide an environment where users can find an array of training-related resources.

  • Content providers: Develop and sell custom-designed training courses in response to specific information the customer provides.


E-Learning Solution Software

The E-Learning Solution Software combines both service providers and content providers, but it is much more. It is a concept that places learning and development at the core of organizational sustainability and competitiveness and thus addresses the classic division between the training and development function and the operational (business) function of organizations. It is an organizing and integrating mechanism designed to capture the richness of information available within the 'knowledge economy', to facilitate individuals and organizations to use that information, share it, process it, identify its relevance and if necessary store it.

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