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An Intelligent Distributed Environment for Active Learning [*]

Yi Shang, Hongchi Shi, and Su-Shing Chen
Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211, USA

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WWW10, May 1-5, 2001, Hong Kong.
ACM 1-58113-348-0/01/0005.


Active learning is an effective learning approach. In this paper, we present an intelligent agent assisted environment for active learning. The system is to better support student-centered, self-paced, and highly interactive learning approach. Students' learning-related profiles, such as learning styles and background knowledge, are used in selecting, organizing, and presenting learning materials. A new approach to course content organization and delivery is being developed based on smart instructional components, which can be integrated into a wide range of courses. The system is being implemented using the prevalent Internet, Web, digital library, and multi-agent technologies.

Keywords: active learning, Web-based education, multi-agent system, XML