An Adaptive Learning Environment: A Case Study on High School Mathematics
Lin Hsin Nan
Dr. Cheun-Tsai Sun
Although web-based learning is convenient to students, it has also brought them some new problems. For example, students are easily lost in hyperspace while they are learning on the Internet. In addition, they cannot easily maintain a global view about the information. Furthermore, too many link structures also bring a heavy burden to students. As a result, “disorientation” and “cognitive overhead” become two challenging problems in hypertext studies. In order to solve these problems, a web-based learning system will need more elasticity and personalization. In other words, it must be able to support adaptive courseware and adaptive learning path for the web-based learning. This study is to provide an easy mechanism for developing adaptive courseware, which integrated content-based and access-based adaptation technologies. In the content-based aspect, students will be able to change the learning mode to improve the learning efficiency according to their learning status. In the access-based aspect, this study takes the viewpoint from constructivism to suggest adaptive learning paths to students according to their learning processes. The concept-centered learning style supported by this system can strengthen the establishment of concepts for students. And it helps to achieve the goal of remedy learning. The primary contribution of this study is to provide a new style of adaptive learning and develop a system to support it. By taking advantage of the easiness brought by our mechanism to edit adaptive courseware, we can move toward a complete adaptive learning environment.
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