ERIC Number: ED466215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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EVA: Collaborative Distributed Learning Environment Based in Agents.
Sheremetov, Leonid; Tellez, Rolando Quintero
In this paper, a Web-based learning environment developed within the project called Virtual Learning Spaces (EVA, in Spanish) is presented. The environment is composed of knowledge, collaboration, consulting, experimentation, and personal spaces as a collection of agents and conventional software components working over the knowledge domains. All user interfaces are Web pages, generated dynamically by servlets and agents. Each EVA host has an agent associated with it, which can establish links with the other EVA hosts forming shared knowledge and collaboration space of a distributed EVA learning environment. This paper focuses on the description of the system architecture, implementation of software modules, and the application results. Experiments to date have demonstrated the high flexibility of the EVA multiagent system (MAS) as well as the interoperability with non-agent software modules. Some difficulties have been detected with the proposed architecture, for example, all the agents and protocols must exist (be active or able to be initialized automatically) for a service to be provided. There have also been some problems accessing different databases with JDBC drivers on the WindowsNT platform. Nevertheless, the expectation is that as the set of agents grows, the development will be easier. (Contains 15 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Software Development, Computer System Design, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Spanish, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
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