DOI: 10.5176/2251-2195_CSEIT12.53

Authors: A.A. Ileladewa


Abstract:
E-learningis a form of Technology Supported Education where
the medium of instruction is through Digital Technologies,
particularly Computer Technology. An instance is the use of
search engines like Google and Yahoo, which aid Collaborative
Learning. However, the widespread provision of distributed,
semi-structured information resources such as the Web has
obviously brought a lot of benefits; but it also has a number of
difficulties. These difficulties include people getting
overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available,
making it hard for them to filter out the junk and irrelevancies
and focus on what is important, and also to actively search for
the right information. Also, people easily get bored or confused
while browsing the Web because of the hypertext nature of the
web, while making it easy to link related documents together, it
can also be disorienting. To alleviate these problems, the Web
Information Food Chain Model was introduced. How effective
has this been with the dynamic nature of computing
technologies? Pervasive computing devices enable people to
gain immediate access to information and services anywhere,
anytime, without having to carry around heavy and impractical
computing devices. Thus, the bulky PCs become less attractive
and being slowly eroded with the development of a new
generation of smart devices like wireless PDAs, smart phones,
etc. These embedded devices are characterized by being
unobtrusively embedded; completely connected; intuitively
intelligent; effortlessly portable and mobile; and constantly on
and available. This paper presents the use of embedded systems
and Intelligent Agent-Based Web InformationFood Chain
Model in Multi-Agent Information and Retrieval Framework
(IIFCEMAF),to realizing full potentials of the internet, for
users‟improved system of collaborative e-learning in education.
Keywords: Collaborative Learning; Pervasive Computing;
Multi-Agent System; Information Food Chain

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