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Distance Education Environments and Emerging Software Systems

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The Internet has become one of the most important and most used media for communication and learning, as it allows for the creation of interactive and collaborative environments, whose contents and resources can be shared with a limitless number of users. The explosion of the Internet in the past decade has changed the way many students live and learn, in part because modern technology has made it possible for learners to access information or research any topic of interest from anywhere in the world. Distance Education Environments and Emerging Software Systems: New Technologies focuses on the discussions of computational methods, algorithms implemented prototype systems, and applications of open and distance learning. This reference is a primary forum for researchers and practitioners to disseminate practical solutions to the automation of open and distance learning.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Preface
  5. Section 1: New Frameworks and Architectures
    1. Chapter 1: Collaborative Learning in Dynamic Group Environments
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DYNAMIC GROUPS IN COOPERATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
      4. INTERACTIVE PRINTED DOCUMENTS FOR COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
      5. ASSIGNMENT MANAGEMENT AND PROGRESS MONITORING
      6. STUDENT IDENTIFICATION AND ACTIVITY OBSERVATION
      7. GROUP DYNAMICS MONITORING, REGISTRATION AND FEEDBACK
      8. DISCUSSION
      9. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: A Systematic Framework of Virtual Laboratories Using Mobile Agent and Design Pattern Technologies
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELATED WORK
      4. SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
      5. VIRTUAL LABORATORY AGENTS AND ACTIVITIES
      6. AGENT DESIGN PATTERNS
      7. IMPLEMENTATION
      8. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS
      9. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 3: A Computer-Assisted Approach for Conducting Information Technology Applied Instructions
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELEVANT RESEARCH
      4. MODEL FOR CONDUCTING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY APPLIED INSTRUCTIONS
      5. IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATIONS OF I-DESIGNER
      6. EXPERIMENTS AND EVALUATION
      7. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 4: A Highly Scalable, Modular Architecture for Computer Aided Assessment e-Learning Systems
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OVERALL SYSTEM DESIGN
      4. COMMUNICATION ABSTRACTION LAYER
      5. SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
      6. CLIENT MODULES
      7. DEPLOYMENT RESULTS
      8. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 5: Recent Contributions to a Generic Architecture Design that Supports Learning Objects Interoperability
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ADAPTIVE NAVIGATION, PRESENTATION AND CONTENT RETRIEVAL
      4. ADAPTIVITY PARAMETERS
      5. STANDARDS FOR E-LEARNING
      6. ADAPTIVITY PARAMETERS AND STANDARDS
      7. GENERIC ARCHITECTURE: A FIRST APPROACH
      8. METHODS AND TECHNIQUES
      9. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE WORK
  6. Section 2: Promising Support Mechanisms and Technologies
    1. Chapter 6: Statistical Inference-Based Cache Management for Mobile Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELATED WORK
      4. SYSTEM MODEL AND EVALUATION METRICS
      5. STATISTICAL CACHING
      6. EXPERIMENT
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 7: A 3D Geometry Model Search Engine to Support Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELATED WORK
      4. OVERVIEW
      5. FEATURE REPRESENTATION
      6. FEATURE MATCHING
      7. INDEXING AND K-NN SEARCH
      8. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS
      9. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 8: Supporting Interoperability and Context-Awareness in E-Learning through Situation-Driven Learning Processes
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MOTIVATION
      4. CONTEXT-ADAPTIVE LEARNING PROCESSES: VISION AND APPROACH
      5. ABSTRACTING FROM LEARNING RESOURCES THROUGH SEMANTIC WEB SERVICES (WSMO) AND IRS-III
      6. SITUATION-DRIVEN PROCESSES FOR SEMANTIC WEB SERVICES
      7. SITUATION-DRIVEN LEARNING PROCESSES
      8. SITUATION-DRIVEN COMPOSITION AND ACCOMPLISHMENT OF LEARNING PROCESSES
      9. EVALUATION
      10. APPLYING LEARNING SDP
      11. RELATED WORK
      12. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 9: A New Process Phase Diagnostic Technique
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OVERVIEW OF DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES
      4. PROCESS PHASE, REAL-TIME, AND NON-INTERFERING DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUE
      5. SITUATED EXPERIMENTS
      6. RESULTS
      7. CONCLUSION
    5. Chapter 10: A FCA-Based Cognitive Diagnosis Model for CAT
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CONCLUSION
  7. Section 3: Development of Practical Systems
    1. Chapter 11: Adaptivity in ProPer
      1. ABSRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. TECHNOLOGY BACKGROUND
      4. SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
      5. SYSTEM ADAPTIVITY AND ADAPTABLE FUNCTIONALITY
      6. SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION
      7. EVALUATION OF PROPER
      8. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 12: The Construction of an Ontology-Based Ubiquitous Learning Grid
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELATED WORK
      4. SYSTEM FRAMEWORK OF OULG
      5. SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION AND EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS
      6. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 13: A Rule-Based System for Test Quality Improvement
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FUZZY CLASSIFICATION
      4. ITEM QUALITY: ITEM AND DISTRACTOR ANALYSIS
      5. THE APPROACH
      6. THE SYSTEM
      7. EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS
      8. RELATED WORK
      9. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 14: An Understanding Information Management System for a Real-time Interactive Distance Education Environment
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RIDEE-UIM
      4. DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION BY JAVA
      5. EXPERIMENT AND EVALUATION
      6. CONCLUSION
  8. Section 4: Empirical Study: Evaluation and Assement
    1. Chapter 15: The Effects of Communicative Genres on Intra-Group Conflict in Virtual Student Teams
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. RESEARCH DESIGN
      5. RESULTS
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 16: Effect of Teaching Using Whole Brain Instruction on Accounting Learning
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHODOLOGY
      5. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 17: Using S-P Chart and Bloom Taxonomy to Develop Intelligent Formative Assessment Tool
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. RELATED WORK
      4. SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
      5. PROPOSED SYSTEM
      6. DISCUSSION
      7. CONCLUSION
    4. Chapter 18: A Study of English Mobile Learning Applications at National Chengchi University
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. THEORETICAL UNDERPINNINGS
      5. RELEVANT MOBILE LEARNING STUDIES
      6. TECHNICAL SUPPORT
      7. INSTANT COMMUNICATION SUBSYSTEM
      8. WIFI MULTIMEDIA SUBSYSTEM
      9. ACTIVITY DESIGN
      10. RESULTS, LIMITATIONS AND FUTURE POSSIBILITIES
    5. Chapter 19: E-Learning Practice and Experience at Waseda E-School
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. 1. INTRODUCTION
      3. 2. ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
      4. 3. CURRICULUM
      5. 4. CLASSES
      6. 5. DELIVERY SYSTEM AND LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS)
      7. 7. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
  9. Compilation of References
  10. About the Contributors