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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