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ERIC Number: EJ771824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
Using Social Context and E-Learner Identity as a Framework for an E-Learning Notification System
Amelung, Chris
International Journal on E-Learning, v6 n4 p501-517 Oct 2007
Educational practitioners and theorists have long recognized that education is a social activity where people make sense of information through interactions that support internalization and externalization. Unfortunately, applying a social theory of learning to the field of e-learning is challenging. Online course management systems (CMS) are typically designed to support the traditional instructor-centered model of instruction and serve primarily as a mechanism for delivering information for student consumption. This article presents a framework and implementation for a notification system that is based on the learner's social context and personal notification preferences. The new notification system, called the Context-Aware Activity Notification System (CANS), uses the concept of social context as a filter for activity notifications to deliver fewer, yet more relevant, notifications to e-learners and provides support for tacit forms of communication through the design of its system architecture and data collection features. (Contains 5 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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