Title: An agent-based system for collaborative informal learning in a pervasive environment

Authors: Wei-Lun Chang

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, Tamkang University, No. 151, Ying-chuan Road, Tamsui, Taipei County 25137, Taiwan

Abstract: Collaborative learning is an emerging topic for electronic learning and pervasive learning, based on diverse technologies. This work proposes an informal learning-agent-based system called CoLeP to support p-learning. CoLeP overcomes the limitations of existing learning environments. Simulated results reveal that most high buddy selection rate results exhibit good learning performance. Students who are willing to spend fragment time slots on informal learning have superior learning outcomes. In sum, this work contributes to the research field that: facilitates knowledge-sharing in a pervasive environment; allows students to discuss and solve problems collaboratively; provides a lifelong learning platform.

Keywords: collaborative learning; pervasive computing; informal learning; mobile communications; agent-based systems; multi-agent systems; MAS; knowledge sharing; lifelong learning; collaboration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2010.031447

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2010 Vol.8 No.2, pp.187 - 209

Published online: 03 Feb 2010 *

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