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Title: An investigation into a framework of dynamic linking of relevant resources
Author: Aknuranda, Ismiarta
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis was initiated from the idea that the current static linking between learning resources imposes a limitation on e-learning applications, in particular, those applications that involve increasing resources and a diversity of learners. This situation may cause two concerns. The first concern is that learners lose the opportunity to benefit from the dynamism of available resources. Static linking limits different learners who must follow a personalised path of learning over relevant content provided by increasing and dynamic resources. The second concern involves problems of scalability in learning resource management. Statically linked resources increase the difficulty in incorporating a growing number and variety of new relevant resources. The concept of dynamic linking between learning resources is introduced to potentially overcome this limitation. The overall aim of this thesis is to develop an understanding of the requirements for producing a conceptual framework for dynamic linking between relevant resources. This framework has the two main purposes; facilitating learners in following their individual learning path over relevant resources and providing resource authors with a scalable mechanism for resource management. An iterative research approach was used during this study comprising four interrelated activities, including literature study, construction of conceptual models of human activity systems, development of a conceptual framework for dynamic linking, and prototype development and evaluation. The main outcome from this work is a conceptual framework of dynamic linking of relevant learning resources. This framework consists of high-level mechanisms that reflect the framework's functionalities. A prototype with limited functionalities was built and evaluated to demonstrate the key ideas of the framework. The conceptual framework and the prototype, along with the understanding of framework's requirements and knowledge of the system development, constitute the main contribution of this thesis.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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