Constraint-based validation of adaptive e-learning courseware
Melia, Mark and Pahl, Claus (2009) Constraint-based validation of adaptive e-learning courseware. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 2 (1). pp. 37-49. ISSN 1939-1382
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Personalized e-learning allows the course creator to create courseware that dynamically adapts to the needs of individual learners or learner groupings. This dynamic nature of adaptive courseware makes it difficult to evaluate what the delivery time courseware will be for the learner. The course creator may attempt to validate adaptive courseware through dummy runs, but cannot
eliminate the risk of pedagogical problems due to adaptive courseware’s inherent variability. Courseware validation checks whether adaptive courseware conforms to a set of pedagogical and nonpedagogical requirements. The validation of adaptive courseware limits the risk of pedagogical problems at delivery time. In this paper, we present our approach to adaptive courseware validation using the
Courseware Authoring Validation Information Architecture (CAVIAr). We outline how CAVIAr captures adaptive courseware authoring concerns and validates courseware using a constraint-based approach. We also describe how CAVIAr can be integrated with the state of the art in adaptive e-learning and evaluate our validation approach.
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