What Do Academic Users Really Want from an Adaptive Learning System?

  • Martin Harrigan
  • Miloš Kravčík
  • Christina Steiner
  • Vincent Wade
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5535)


When developing an Adaptive Learning System (ALS), users are generally consulted (if at all) towards the end of the development cycle. This can limit users’ feedback to the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of the system at hand. It can be difficult to extrapolate principles and requirements, common to all ALSs, that are rated highly by users. To address this problem, we have elicited requirements from learners and teachers across several European academic institutions through explorative, semi-structured interviews [1]. The goal was to provide a methodology and an appropriate set of questions for conducting such interviews and to capture the essential requirements for the early iterations of an ALS design. In this paper we describe the methodology we employed while preparing, conducting, and analyzing the interviews and we present our findings along with objective and subjective analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Harrigan
    • 1
  • Miloš Kravčík
    • 2
  • Christina Steiner
    • 3
  • Vincent Wade
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTrinity College DublinIreland
  2. 2.Open Universiteit NederlandThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GrazAustria

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