Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Adaptation based on learning style and knowledge level in e-learning systems
Author: Alshammari, Mohammad
ISNI:       0000 0004 5923 9518
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
Although there have been numerous attempts to build and evaluate adaptive e-learning systems, they tend to be limited in scope, and suffer from a lack of carefully designed and controlled experimental evaluations of their effectiveness and usability. This thesis addresses these issues through the implementation of an adaptive e-learning system and its experimental validation. The design of an adaptive framework and the specific instantiation of its components into a configurable adaptive e-learning system are presented. The domain model of the system deals with computer security. The learner model incorporates the information perception dimension of the Felder-Silverman model of learning style and also knowledge level. The adaptation model generates personalised learning paths and offers adaptive guidance and recommendation. The thesis also provides an empirical evaluation through three controlled experiments to investigate the effect of different forms of adaptation. Rigorous experimental design, careful investigation and precise reporting of results are taken into account in all the three experiments. The findings indicate that matching the sequence of learning objects to the information perception learning style yields significantly better learning outcome and learner satisfaction than non-matching sequences. They also indicate that adaptation based on the combination of the information perception learning style and knowledge level yields significantly better learning outcome (both in the short- and long-term) and learner satisfaction than adaptation based on either of these learner characteristics alone; this combination is also marked by a significantly higher level of perceived usability compared to a non-adaptive version of the e-learning system.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Hail ; Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science