Using Software Agent Technology to Support e-Learning

W. Pan and I. Hawryszkiewycz (Australia)

Keywords

elearning, software agents, supportive services, learner control, UOL database

Abstract

This paper presents an agent-based approach to supporting e-learning. In contrast with other work, we facilitate learning of learners by providing them with a set of services that are useful to construct knowledge. The autonomy of learners in learning is sufficiently supported and meanwhile the supportive services implemented by software agents assist them to get through a learning process. In this paper, the features of e-learning are first briefly reviewed and then the challenges for supporting e learning are analyzed. An agent-based approach to supporting e-learning is proposed. Then, the development of the UOL (units of learning) database is explored. After that, the preliminary implementation of the services is reported.

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