Use of Concept Map Scaffolds to Promote Adaptive E-Learning in Web-Based System

Oboko RO, Njeng ST. "Use of Concept Map Scaffolds to Promote Adaptive E-Learning in Web-Based System." International Journal of computing and ICT Research. 2011;5(2):59-66.


Scaffolds are a good method of implementing self-regulated learning. Use of prior knowledge makes the
learner to understand a topic better. Learner adaptation enables a learner to be presented with content that
matches his/her level of understanding.
The main aim of this project is to use the adaptive scaffolds in form of concept maps in web-based elearning
systems to play the role of learner guide. The learner creates a concept map from prior knowledge
to show how he/she understands a certain domain of knowledge. The concept map takes into account the
knowledge of the learner in that topic, and uses it to adapt to the user level. This is done by integrated
evaluation where the learner is presented with a concept map that matches his level of understanding as
he/she draws the concept map. The scaffolding and the adaptation are implemented using production rules.
Categories and Subject Descriptions: H.5.2 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: User Interfaces –
User Centered Design; H.5.4 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: Hypertext/Hypermedia –
Navigation, User issues; I.2.6 [Artificial Intelligence]: Learning – Concept learning; Induction; K.3.1
[Computers and Education]: Computer Uses in Education – Distance Learning, Computer Assisted
Instruction (CAI); J.4 [Social and Behavioral sciences]: Psychology
General Terms: Algorithms, Human Factors, Experimentation, Measurement, Performance
Additional Key Words: Scaffold, adaptation, prior knowledge, learner evaluation, concept maps,
cognition, adaptive e-learning systems, adaptive scaffolds, integrated assessment.

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