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Advances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2011

Volume 7048 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 327-332

Recommendation in E-Learning Social Networks

  • Pierpaolo Di BitontoAffiliated withDepartment of Informatics, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”
  • , Teresa RoselliAffiliated withDepartment of Informatics, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”
  • , Veronica RossanoAffiliated withDepartment of Informatics, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”

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Abstract

In the past years learning has evolved from face-to-face to computer-supported learning, and we are now entering yet a new phase. The (r)evolution that yielded the knowledge transforming the Web 1.0 into Web 2.0 is now coming to e-learning contexts. Social media are the technologies most widely used to share educational contents, to find colleagues, discussion groups, and so on. But while in the Web 1.0 the most “time-spending” activity was to find suitable learning content, in the Web 2.0 era the search process is focused on different types of resources. This paper proposes a recommendation method that, by using a clustering algorithm, is able to support users during the selection steps. The recommendation is based on the tags defined by the network learners and the items to be recommended include not only contents but also social connections that could enrich the user’s learning process.

Keywords

Social network recommendation systems clustering algorithm