Using Notification Systems to Create Social Places for Online Learning

Using Notification Systems to Create Social Places for Online Learning

James M. Laffey (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA) and Christopher J. Amelung (Yale University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch057
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Abstract

Context-aware activity notification systems have potential to improve and support the social experience of online learning. The authors of this chapter have developed a context-aware activity notification system (CANS) that monitors online learning activities and represents relevant contextual information by providing notification and making the learning activity salient to other participants. The chapter describes previous efforts to develop and support online learning context awareness systems; it also defines the critical components and features of such a system. It is argued that notification systems can provide methods for using the context of activity to support members’ understanding of the meaning of activity. When designed and implemented effectively, CANS can turn course management systems (CMS) into technologies of social interaction to support the social requirements of learning.

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