A knowledge based system for the flexible production and delivery of learning material

  • Guillaume P. W. Vuist


An Interactive Learning and Course development Environment (ILCE) is presented, which aims to enhance the flexibilization of a course in terms of tailoring it to the needs and requirements of individual students. The heart of ILCE forms a repository of units of learning material. The repository consists of a domain model, a semantic network of the content of a subject domain which is covered by the learning material. This model serves as an abstract representation of the units of learning material. The construction of a course is defined as the selection of a subset of the domain model. Attributes are used to express student characteristics and are linked to the domain model as variables. By adding if/then rules to the domain model, the consistency and the completeness of a selection is preserved. The building environment is used by a course team to fill a repository by designing, producing and revising units of learning material in accordance with the proposed knowledge representation scheme. The design approach a course team has to adopt focuses on building a course model next to the design of the learning material. This design approach is illustrated with examples taken from the ILCE prototype.

Key words

Interactive learning environment Knowledge based system Knowledge representation System design 


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© Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Lisbon, Portugal/ Springer Netherlands 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillaume P. W. Vuist
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Educational Technology and InnovationOpen UniversityHeerlenThe Netherlands

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