From E-Learning Tools to Assistants by Learner Modelling and Adaptive Behavior

From E-Learning Tools to Assistants by Learner Modelling and Adaptive Behavior

Klaus Jantke (Research Institute for Information Technologies Leipzig, Germany), Christoph Igel (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany) and Roberta Sturm (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-878-9.ch010
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Abstract

Humans need assistance in learning. This is particularly true when learning is supported by modern information and communication technologies. Most current IT systems appear as more or less complex tools. The more ambitious the problems in the application domain are, the more complex are the tools. This is one of the key obstacles to a wider acceptance of technology enhanced learning approaches (e-learning, for short). In computer science, in general, and in e-learning, in particular, we do need a paradigmatic shift from tools of a growing complexity to intelligent assistants to the human user. Computerized assistants that are able to adapt to their human users’ needs and desires need some ability to learn. In e-learning, in particular, they need to learn about the learner and to build an internal model of the learner as a basis of adaptive system behavior. Steps toward assistance in e-learning are systematically illustrated by means of the authors’ e-learning projects and systems eBuT and DaMiT. These steps are summarized in some process model proposed to the e-learning community.

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