Swarm-based wayfinding support in open and distance learning

Colin Tattersall, Jocelyn Manderveld, Bert van den Berg, René van Es, José Janssen, Rob Koper

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    Open and Distance Learning (ODL) gives learners freedom of time, place and pace of study, putting learner self-direction centre-stage. However, increased responsibility should not come at the price of over-burdening or abandonment of learners as they progress along their learning journey. This paper introduces an approach to wayfinding support for distance learners based on self-organisation theory. It describes an architecture which supports the recording, processing and presentation of collective learner behaviour designed to create a feedback loop informing learners of successful paths towards the attainment of learning goals. The approach is presented as an alternative to methods of achieving adaptation in hypermedia-based learning environments which involve learner modelling.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCognitively Informed Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationUtilizing Practical Approaches to Enrich Information Presentation and Transfer
    EditorsEshaa Alkhalifa
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9781591408444
    ISBN (Print)9781591408420, 1591408423
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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