ERIC Number: ED479448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
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ODL Education Environments Based on Adaptivity and Adaptability.
Cristea, Alexandra; De Bra, Paul
In the Information Society of the new millennium, the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is becoming essential for the rapid dissemination of information. In this context, Open and Distance Learning (ODL) will have a growing role in effectively training people to have active roles in society. However, modern learners have a variety of backgrounds, with respect to knowledge, social environment, preferences, and other areas. The main goal of the project described in this paper is to create the basis of a European platform of standards for user modeling-based adaptability and adaptation, towards individualization of the learning process. This paper reports on the birth of a new European project, ambitiously aiming at going one step further than plain user modeling (UM), by creating a common structure for the ODL systems' adaptive response to specific user needs, thereby creating a basis for modern European Education. The main goal of this paper is to highlight the importance of the standardization of the adaptive and adaptable techniques to the research community at large, and therefore find more external support for our efforts. The paper presents some first background research to establish a starting point for this project. (Contains 34 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Design Preferences, Distance Education, Educational Media, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Individualized Instruction, Information Dissemination, Learner Controlled Instruction, Media Adaptation, Open Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: European Community, Brussels (Belgium).
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