A Hybrid Approach for Supporting Adaptivity in E-learning Environments
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 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. Research limitations/implications: Practical implications: Social implications: Originality/value: To the best of our 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.
Citation : Al-Omari, M., Carter, J. and Chiclana, F. (2016) A Hybrid Approach for Supporting Adaptivity in E-learning Environments. International Journal of Information and Learning Technology. doi: 10.1108/IJILT-04-2016-0014
Research Group : Centre for Computational Intelligence
Research Institute : Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes