E-learning and educational data mining in cloud computing: an overview
by Alberto Fernández; Daniel Peralta; José Manuel Benítez; Francisco Herrera
International Journal of Learning Technology (IJLT), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2014

Abstract: E-learning is related to virtualised distance learning by means of electronic communication mechanisms, using its functionality as a support in the process of teaching-learning. When the learning process becomes computerised, educational data mining employs the information generated from the electronic sources to enrich the learning model for academic purposes. To provide support to e-learning systems, cloud computing is set as a natural platform, as it can be dynamically adapted by presenting a scalable system for the changing necessities of the computer resources over time. It also eases the implementation of data mining techniques to work in a distributed scenario, regarding the large databases generated from e-learning. We give an overview of the current state of the structure of cloud computing, and we provide details of the most common infrastructures that have been developed for such a system. We also present some examples of e-learning approaches for cloud computing, and finally, we discuss the suitability of this environment for educational data mining, suggesting the migration of this approach to this computational scenario.

Online publication date: Thu, 05-Jun-2014

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