Postgraduate Course: Adaptive Learning Environments 1 (Level 11) (INFR11069)
|School of Informatics
|College of Science and Engineering
|Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area
|Other subject area
|Taught in Gaelic?
|Computer based tools and learning environments are increasingly used in teaching and learning. This course explores how such educational systems can be made more adaptive and interactive, in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of the teaching that they provide. The theoretical basis of adaptive learning environments will be examined. A number of techniques and examples of existing systems will be considered, This course aims to better equip students with the skills to design and evaluate intelligent and adaptive educational systems. The course presentation will comprise a mixture of lectures and group-based task-led seminars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Adaptive Learning Environments 1 (Level 10) (INFR10026)
| For Informatics PG and final year MInf students, or by permission of the School.
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|WebCT enabled: No
|No Classes have been defined for this Course
|Week 1, Tuesday, 12:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. DHT 7.01
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - demonstrate knowledge of theoretical approaches and methods used in previous systems through their application to new teaching tasks;
2 - demonstrate an understanding of the design issues in developing educational tools and environments through completing a number of design tasks;
3 - identify appropriate techniques for use in the design and implementation of adaptive learning environments, and assess their relative strengths and weaknesses in relation to specific tasks;
4 - describe methods that can be used to evaluate educational systems and apply these to existing systems;
5 - critically evaluate the state of the art in selected topics through a literature review.
|Written Examination 70
Assessed Assignments 30
Oral Presentations 0
The first coursework assignment will be a review of current systems, in conjunction with a design of a pedagogical system (or component of one), using knowledge of current systems to inform the design.
The second coursework assignment would be a theoretical investigation of a particular set of techniques in relation to a specific aspect of ALE, with evaluation of their application to a set task.
The third coursework assignment will be a literature review of recent developments and the state of the art in a topic area relevant to the course.
|The issues addressed will include the following:
Previous development of teaching systems and limitations; adaptivity in relation to the domain and the learner
Methodology: empirically informed and user centred design; involving students and teachers in the design process
Modelling and simulating domain knowledge; qualititative modelling
Modelling the user: diagnosis, errors and misconceptions; modelling affect
Pedagogical Issues: theoretical and educational basis of teaching tools; using Pedagogical Agents;
Models of interaction and communication; Educational dialogue;
Evaluating the design and effectiveness of educational software;
Recent developments and the state of the art.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Intelligent Information Systems Technologies, Multimedia
|* A reading pack of research papers, and references to specific systems, will be provided.
* Further references sources will be recommended as required.
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 50
Private Study/Other 30
|Dr Michael Rovatsos
Tel: (0131 6)51 3263
|Miss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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