A hybrid approach for supporting adaptivity in e-learning environments

Mohammad Al-Omari, Jenny Carter, Francisco Chiclana

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Abstract

Purpose:
The purpose of this paper is to identify a framework to support adaptivity in e-learning environments. The framework reflects a novel hybrid approach incorporating the concept of the event-condition-action (ECA) model and intelligent agents. Moreover, a system prototype is developed reflecting the hybrid approach to supporting adaptivity in any given learning management system based on learners’ learning styles.

Design/methodology/approach:
This paper offers a brief review of current frameworks and systems to support adaptivity in e-learning environments. A framework to support adaptivity is designed and discussed, reflecting the hybrid approach in detail. A system prototype is developed incorporating different adaptive features based on the Felder-Silverman learning styles model. Finally, the prototype is implemented in Moodle.

Findings:
The system prototype supports real-time adaptivity in any given learning management system based on learners’ learning styles. It can deal with any type of content provided by course designers and instructors in the learning management system. Moreover, it can support adaptivity at both course and learner levels.

Originality/value:
To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no previous work has been done incorporating the concept of the ECA model and intelligent agents as hybrid architecture to support adaptivity in e-learning environments. The system prototype has wider applicability and can be adapted to support different types of adaptivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-348
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Learning Technology
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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