Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on (2009)
Sept. 15, 2009 to Sept. 18, 2009
Ability to find appropriate collaborators and learning materials is crucial for informal collaborative learning. However, traditional group formation models are not applicable/effective in informal learning settings since little is known about learners and learning materials and teacher's assistance is not available. We propose the data-driven group formation model that automatically extracts information about learners and learning materials from multiple data sources (databases of academic publications, wikis, social networking cites, blogs, forums, etc) and automatically forms collaborative learning groups. The open source implementation of the model (a part of WebClass-RAPSODY learning management system) consists of loosely coupled modules (implementing the proposed methods for data mashup, mining and inference) integrated through the web services interface; allowing for easy adaptation, extension and customization of the model.
automatic group formation, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), informal learning, expertise finding, mashup, data mining, similarity-based learning
M. Vilenius, T. Okamoto and N. Rubens, "Automatic Group Formation for Informal Collaborative Learning," 2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT), Milan, Italy, 2009, pp. 231-234.