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See detailEmpirical Investigations on Community Building and Collaborative Work inside a LMS using Proactive Computing
Dobrican, Remus-Alexandru UL; Reis, Sandro UL; Zampunieris, Denis UL

in Proceedings of E-Learn - World Conference on E-Learning 2013 Conference (2013)

Today learning is becoming more of a social process; traditional e-learning platforms like Learning Management Systems (LMSs) need to rapidly evolve in order to offer users not only conventional learning ... [more ▼]

Today learning is becoming more of a social process; traditional e-learning platforms like Learning Management Systems (LMSs) need to rapidly evolve in order to offer users not only conventional learning tools but also a flexible environment to collaborate and share ideas. Current LMSs are difficult to use, collaboration and interaction is limited within courses and they lack the option for customization to allow users a personalized learning environment. In order to satisfy the increasing needs of learners, Communities of Practice (CoPs) were automatically and dynamically developed on our local LMS, Moodle™, with the help of Proactive Computing. During the summer semester at the University of Luxembourg, we recorded and observed how communities were created, how they evolved over time and what role they played in facilitating the learning process. Our findings support our hypotheses that integrating social aspects into a LMS makes learning more accessible, captivating and personalized. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimentation of Proactive Computing in Context Aware Systems: Case Study of Human-Computer Interactions in e-Learning Environment
Shirnin, Denis UL; Reis, Sandro UL; Zampunieris, Denis UL

in Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA), 2013 IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on (2013)

In this paper we show the implementation of the concept of Proactivity applied as the core mechanism in our Proactive Context Aware System (PCAS), which is capable to detect and extract the related events ... [more ▼]

In this paper we show the implementation of the concept of Proactivity applied as the core mechanism in our Proactive Context Aware System (PCAS), which is capable to detect and extract the related events of interest from the user's contextual situation and to provide the appropriate goal-oriented actions to this event with the objective to help or assist the user or the group of users. We have chosen the academic environment as the ongoing contextual setting for our system. From this perspective, we designed Proactive Scenarios for an automatic and enhanced management of the online learning and teaching activities on Moodle™ for both student and teacher users. Due to the diversity of the potential contexts and situations arising from the user's activity, we developed two kinds of Proactive Scenarios. The first type or Meta Scenarios are responsible for capturing the changes in the outward context. The second type or Target Scenarios are triggered off by Meta Scenarios and aim to undertake the appropriate actions in response to the conditions of the user's contextual situation. In order to test and validate the capability of our software as well as to analyse its context related outcomes we have performed empirical studies. The experiments consisted in creating two groups of students, on the one hand the study group, which used the Moodle™ platform enhanced by PCAS, and on the other hand the control group, which used the standard version of Moodle™. The subsequent data analysis showed significant differences in specific related results such as notable advantage of the study group outcomes in the category of passing the final exam, where the study group has performed by 11 percentage points better than the control group. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of Proactive Scenarios and Rules for Enhanced e-Learning
Shirnin, Denis UL; Reis, Sandro UL; Zampunieris, Denis UL

in Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Porto, Portugal 16-18 April, 2012 (2012)

We show in this position paper how we designed Proactive Scenarios for an automatic and enhanced management of the online assignments on MoodleTM for both student and teacher users, through their ... [more ▼]

We show in this position paper how we designed Proactive Scenarios for an automatic and enhanced management of the online assignments on MoodleTM for both student and teacher users, through their implementation with Proactive Rules to be run on top of our prototype Proactive Engine developed for this LMS. According to the diversity of issues that arise from the users activity on LMS, Proactive Scenarios are of two main types, which differ in their main goals, features and complexity. Meta Scenarios are devoted to capture major events of interest and to trigger off the dedicated Target Scenarios, which will undertake the appropriate actions. These Proactive Scenarios will thus take care of specifically predefined situations such as notifications, reminders, problem prevention, user guiding etc. In our opinion, LMS supplemented by such capabilities could provide a boosted effect on the students’ learning process as it takes an individual approach for each user and therefore could be characterized as a type of intelligent tutoring system. However, in order to sustain or modify the direction of our research activity, we now consider to undertake empirical studies on real-life online courses using the Enhanced E-learning Platform, which runs our Proactive Scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailProactive Computing Based Implementation of Personalized and Adaptive Technology Enhanced Learning over Moodle(TM)
Marques Dias, Sergio UL; Reis, Sandro UL; Zampunieris, Denis UL

in Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Rome, Italy 4-6 July, 2012 (2012)

In this paper, we show how to implement a system that adds proactivity to MoodleTM to reach a personalized and adaptive support for both students and teachers, by providing an engine to run proactive ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we show how to implement a system that adds proactivity to MoodleTM to reach a personalized and adaptive support for both students and teachers, by providing an engine to run proactive rules, based on events and non-events, to enhance the users’ e-learning process. [less ▲]

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See detailPersonalized, Adaptive and Intelligent Support for Online Assignments Based on Proactive Computing
Marques Dias, Sergio UL; Reis, Sandro UL; Zampunieris, Denis UL

in Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Rome, Italy 4-6 July, 2012 (2012)

We designed and implemented a prototype software system based on proactive computing, as an add-on to existing technology enhanced learning platforms. In this paper, we show how our proactive engine ... [more ▼]

We designed and implemented a prototype software system based on proactive computing, as an add-on to existing technology enhanced learning platforms. In this paper, we show how our proactive engine augmented with the adequate proactive scenarios enhances the assignments sub-system of the Moodle™ learning management system by providing personalized, adaptive and intelligent support to both online learners and teachers. [less ▲]

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