8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

Collaborative E-Learning through Open Social Student Modeling and Progressive Zoom Navigation

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250423,
        author={MinEr Liang and Julio Guerra and G. Elisabeta Marai and Peter Brusilovsky},
        title={Collaborative E-Learning through Open Social Student Modeling and Progressive Zoom Navigation},
        proceedings={8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={COLLABORATECOM},
        year={2012},
        month={12},
        keywords={collaborative e-learning social navigation open social student modeling multi-layer social knowledge maps progressive zoom adaptive learning treemaps google maps api},
        doi={10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250423}
    }
    
  • MinEr Liang
    Julio Guerra
    G. Elisabeta Marai
    Peter Brusilovsky
    Year: 2012
    Collaborative E-Learning through Open Social Student Modeling and Progressive Zoom Navigation
    COLLABORATECOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250423
MinEr Liang1,*, Julio Guerra2, G. Elisabeta Marai2, Peter Brusilovsky2
  • 1: Fudan University
  • 2: University of Pittsburgh
*Contact email: michelle_liang@fudan.edu.cn

Abstract

Students usually do not study individually; instead, they tend to study collaboratively. The “power of known peers” can be embraced to provide implicit navigation support for collaborative social e-learning environments. In this paper, we present a novel approach to collaborative e-learning through open social student modeling with Progressive Zoom navigation support. Progressive Zoom is a Google-Maps paradigm which seeks to address information overload issues. It enables students to zoom in or out in a multi-layer fashion, so students can reflect on their individual and peer progress based on the knowledge and pedagogical context. In our initial survey, all students were satisfied with the navigation interface and would recommend the interface to their classmates.