Investigating human computer interaction issues in designing efficient virtual learning environments
Today, when an enormous number of computer-based systems exist, the human activities are being computer mediated. Usually, in designing the interface to those systems, the human-computer interaction is left behind without consideration. In this paper, a literature in human-computer interaction is to be reviewed and the technology aspect of human computer interaction is to be analyzed. Also, general design principles are to be reviewed. According to all these issues, recommendations to designing
Author(s): Fetaji Majlinda,Loskoska Suzana,Fetaji Bekim,Ebibi

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E-learning environments in medical education: how pervasive computing can influence the educational
As pervasive computing is integrated incrementally with all facets of everyday life, it is reasonable to expect that its further proliferation may influence educational activities as well. Several such arguments have been thoroughly discussed in literature and several projects have been developed. However, little work has been done to investigate how pervasive computing can influence the medical educational process using e-learning platforms, and the prerequisites for such endeavours. In this pi
Author(s): Konstantinidis Stathis,Bamidis Panagiotis D.

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Enabling Students to Construct Theories of Collaborative Inquiry and Reflective Learning: Computer S
To develop lifelong learning skills, we argue that students need to learn how to learn via inquiry and understand the sociocognitive and metacognitive processes that are involved. We illustrate how software could play a central role in enabling students to develop such expertise. Our hypothesis is that sociocognitive systems, such as those needed for collaborative inquiry and reflective learning, can best be understood as a community of interacting agents, who each have expertise in accomplishin
Author(s): White Barbara Y.,Shimoda Todd A.,Frederiksen John

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Toward Computer-Based Support of Meta-Cognitive Skills: a Computational Framework to Coach Self-Expl
We present a computational framework designed to improve learning from examples by supporting self-explanation ö the process of clarifying and making more complete to oneself the solution of an example. The framework is innovative in two ways. First, it represents the first attempt to provide computer support to example studying instead of problem solving. Second, it explicitly coaches a domain-general, meta-cognitive skill that many studies in cognitive science have shown to greatly improve le
Author(s): Conati Cristina,VanLehn Kurt

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ActiveMath: A Generic and Adaptive Web-Based Learning Environment
ActiveMath is a generic web-based learning system that dynamically generates interactive (mathematical) courses adapted to the student's goals, preferences, capabilities, and knowledge. The content is presented in a semantic XML-based format. For each user, the appropriate content is retrieved from a knowledge base and the course is generated individually according to pedagogical rules. Then the course is presented to the user via a standard web-browser. One of the exceptional features of Active
Author(s): Melis Erica,Andres Eric,Budenbender Jochen,Frischa

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Exploitation of data modeling for database design in secondary education learning activities: A case
Data models are representation systems for structural modelling of physical systems. Data models application results in databases that are amenable to computation enabling the modeller to interact with them for information retrieval, hypotheses testing, comparisons etc. In this paper we initially approach the didactic and learning value of data modelling for database design in terms of the features related to students’ involvement in the related learning activities. In order to clarify the prop
Author(s): Fessakis George,Dimitracopoulou Angelique

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Designing Virtual Learning Centers
Virtual universities and work-place virtual institutes are seen, more and more, as a solution to the huge education demand of the knowledge society. I will limit my subject here to the design of Virtual Learning Centers, seen as the pedagogical heart of a virtual educational institution. This is where courses or learning events are designed, constructed and delivered using the Internet and its many communication possibilities. Many models are available for these learning events. High-tech classr
Author(s): Paquette Gilbert

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Delivery of Learning Design: the Explor@ System’s Case
The IMS Learning Design Specification (IMS-LD) presents new challenges to learning delivery systems. To comply with this specification, delivery platforms must understand different learning strategies and course structures, must manage multi-actor environments, must allow for standard learning objects integration, must deal with conditions and rules to be validated on runtime and must support notifications. In this chapter, we take a look at these requirements from the viewpoint of an open deliv
Author(s): Paquette Gilbert,Marino Olga,de la Teja Ileana,Leo

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OMAGE : Outils et Méthode pour la spécification des connaissances au sein d'un Atelier de Génie E
Les nouvelles technologies de l'information sont entrées au cœur de notre société et provoquent de profonds changements dans notre vie quotidienne, notamment dans le monde du travail. Or le métier d'enseignant n'a pas vraiment évolué, même si les méthodes éducatives changent, car toute tentative d'introduction de l'informatique se heurte à la méfiance des enseignants qui ont peur de perdre leur liberté de choix éducatifs. De plus, les avancées technologiques n'ont d'intérêt que
Author(s): Marquesuzaà Christophe

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Formalisation d'annotations produites par des apprenants
L'objet de cet article est la description d'une formalisation computable des annotations produites par des apprenants, représentée par une ontologie. Cette formalisation explicite la sémantique des annotations grâce à des attributs auxquels le lecteur devrait donner une valeur. Elle contient également les valeurs possibles de ces attributs. L'intérêt d'une telle formalisation est de couvrir toutes les annotations produites par des apprenants, et d'expliciter tout ce qui constitue leur se
Author(s): Mille Dominique

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Perception par le tuteur de l'activité d'un apprenant engagé dans une activité collective à dist
Cet article cherche à répondre à une des difficultés rencontrées par un tuteur en situation de suivi d'une activité collective à distance, à savoir la perception de l'activité individuelle des apprenants dans l'activité de groupe. À partir d'une étude de la littérature sur les scénarios d'activités collectives à distance et sur la dynamique de groupe, nous proposons des moyens de faciliter la perception de l'activité individuelle par le tuteur. Ces moyens s'appuient sur une perc
Author(s): Laperrousaz Christelle,Leroux Pascal,Teutsch Phili

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Initiation à la Programmation « par l'exemple » : concepts, environnement, et étude d'utilité
La programmation, depuis ses débuts, a toujours été vue comme une discipline difficile à apprendre et à enseigner. Même de nos jours, j. Kaasböll rapporte que les taux d'échec ou d'abandon aux cours d'initiation à la programmation en premier cycle universitaire varient de 25 à 80% de part le monde [KAASBOLL 02]. Dans le même temps, l'importance qu'a acquis l' informatique comme outil d'analyse ou de simulation dans les sciences expérimentales confère au problème de l'initiation à
Author(s): Guibert Nicolas,Guittet Laurent,Girard Patrick

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AMBRE-enseignant : un module partenaire de l'enseignant pour créer des problèmes
Si les enseignants utilisent peu d'EIAH avec leurs élèves, c'est peut-être parce qu'ils n'ont pas la possibilité d'agir sur les environnements qu'on leur propose. Or, pour s'approprier un EIAH, il faut que l'enseignant puisse l'adapter au contexte d'apprentissage et à sa démarche pédagogique. C'est pourquoi nous proposons dans le cadre du projet Ambre un module destiné à l'enseignant pour l'EIAH Ambre-add. Ce module, Ambre-enseignant, permet à l'utilisateur de configurer l'EIAH destin
Author(s): Duclosson Nathalie,Jean-Daubias Stéphanie,Riot St

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Exploratory and Experimental Learning? For Teachers and Researchers tool
The term “exploratory learning” usually denotes some type of activity used by students, with or without a teacher's supervision, to facilitate the learning and mastery of a predefined and relatively circumscribed domain. That exploration may be more or less guided, according to the domain structure and the teacher's pedagogical goals and strategies. But there is also another way to use exploratory and even experimental learning, which may be used inside or outside an educational setting: rathe
Author(s): Lelouche Ruddy

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Apprentissages en chimie par des expérimentations pilotées à distance
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Author(s): Girault Isabelle,d'Ham Cedric,Caix-Cécillon Chrys

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New Media Communications Forums for Improving Education Research and Practice
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Author(s): Pea Roy D.

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Hypermedia as a means for learning and for thinking about learning
This paper is about the design and realization of an experimentation with a hypermedial system, IPER-3, facing the three ‘classical’ problems in the history of mathematics (trisection of the angle, quadrature of the circle, duplication of the cube) and some issues which have developed around them. The aim of the work is to study the opportunities provided by hypermedial systems in dealing with topics of interest for the training of teachers and/or for class work, exploiting the possibility o
Author(s): Bottino Rosa Maria,Cutugno Paola,Furinghetti Fulvi

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GRID Technologies => 'Education' = 'Distance Education'
This paper discusses the new possibilities that Grid technologies create in education, presents current learning paradigms and makes a prediction about the way in which Grid technologies may affect the future of education. The case of the Hellenic Open University (HOU) is presented and the current educational technologies and tools used are illustrated. The paper also presents a scenario for the utilization of Grid technologies at HOU and discusses the challenges that such infrastructure create
Author(s): Xenos Michalis,Vassiliadis Bill,Skodras Athanassio

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A bootstrapping scenario for elicitating CSCL services within a GRID virtual community
Amongst the various eLearning techniques, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is of growing interest within the academic world. However, during the first phase of the EleGI project, a noticable fact has been the difficulty to match the user needs with the potentiality of the GRID services. Thus, through a fictive scenario, this article proposes to walk the path between the idea of creating a new virtual community and the realisation of this objective. This scenario takes the situat
Author(s): Dugénie Pascal,Lemoisson Philippe

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A Grid Services Implementation for a Virtual Research Environment
In the past, virtual learning and research environments have typically been implemented as monolithic systems. Current research focuses on creating such environments from selected Grid and Web services. In this paper we describe the Virtual Orthopaedic European University, which was created to support Higher Surgical Trainees to provide evidence for their learning contracts by carrying out experiments and publishing the results. We use this environment as a case study for the re-implementation
Author(s): Wills Gary,Gilbert Lester,Gee Quintin,Davis Hugh C

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