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Human Interaction in Learning Ecosystems Based on Open Source Solutions

  • Alicia García-HolgadoEmail author
  • Francisco J. García-Peñalvo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10924)

Abstract

Technological ecosystems are software solutions based on the integration of heterogeneous software components through information flows in order to provide a set of services that each component separately does not offer, as well as to improve the user experience. In particular, the learning ecosystems are technological ecosystems focused on learning and knowledge management in different contexts such as educational institutions or companies. The ecosystem metaphor comes from biology field and it has transferred to technology field to highlight the evolving component of software. Taking into account the definitions of natural ecosystems, a technological ecosystem is a set of people and software components that play the role of organisms; a series of elements that allow the ecosystem works (hardware, networks, etc.); and a set of information flows that establish the relationships between the software components, and between these and the people involved in the ecosystem. Human factor has a main role in the definition and development of this kind of solutions. In previous works, a metamodel has been defined and validated to support Model-Driven Development of learning ecosystems based on Open Source software, but the interaction in the learning ecosystem should be defined in order to complete the proposal to improve the development process of technological ecosystems. This paper presents the definition and modelling of the human interaction in learning ecosystems.

Keywords

Learning ecosystems Human interaction Metamodel Information systems Software engineering 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research work has been carried out within the University of Salamanca PhD Programme on Education in the Knowledge Society scope (http://knowledgesociety.usal.es) and was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport under a FPU fellowship (FPU014/04783).

This work has been partially funded by the Spanish Government Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness throughout the DEFINES project (Ref. TIN2016-80172-R) and the Ministry of Education of the Junta de Castilla y León (Spain) throughout the T-CUIDA project (Ref. SA061P17).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alicia García-Holgado
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francisco J. García-Peñalvo
    • 1
  1. 1.GRIAL Research Group, Computer Sciences Department, Research Institute for Educational SciencesUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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