The Importance of Using a Unified Model to Define Adaptive Learning Environments

M. Hathaway, S. Hansen, and G. Salter (Australia)


Ubiquitous Learning, Adaptive Learning, UML, Unified Modelling Language


Current research shows that adaptive approaches of personalization and individualisation are the most likely to succeed in creating an effective learning environment that caters for the needs of people from significantly different backgrounds within the population. This paper identifies the need to use a ubiquitous modelling process to define and describe learning systems in order to standardize the description of processes and structures from very different approaches of education. This then leads to the ability to compare, contrast and utilize the more effective processes between various approaches. We propose that the UML (Unified Modelling Language) would be the ideal tool to achieve this due to it's flexibility in modelling. The close association between the UML and computer application development, in particular e-learning, also adds weight to the proposal to utilize this modelling language for educational systems. The UML should be ideal for the transforming, designing and comparing of currently effective learning environments to the next generation, e-learning environments.

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