Distributed learning companion system: WEST revisited

  • Tak -Wai Chan
  • I. -Ling Chung
  • Rong -Guey Ho
  • Wen -Juan Hou
  • Ging -Long Lin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 608)


This paper describes a distributed learning system which consists of two connected computers so that students can learn in collaboration and/or competition at different locations. Considering different numbers and roles of involved agents, we have enumerated 768 possible distributed learning models. Among them, we evaluated 3 models using a system which is a reimplementation of the well-known WEST program. The evaluation result has two significant implications: (1) such learning systems hold the promise to be a form of futuristic intelligent computer classroom and (2) competition could be a powerful motive in learning that would shed new light on the Intelligent Tutoring System research.


Intrinsic Motivation Computer Companion Learning Companion Competence Information Human Student 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tak -Wai Chan
    • 1
  • I. -Ling Chung
    • 1
  • Rong -Guey Ho
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wen -Juan Hou
    • 1
    • 3
  • Ging -Long Lin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science and Electronic EngineeringNational Central UniversityChung-LiTaiwan 32054 ROC
  2. 2.Department of Information and Computer EducationNational Taiwan Normal UniversityTaipeiTaiwan 10610 ROC
  3. 3.Institute of Information and Computer EducationNational Taiwan Normal UniversityTaipeiTaiwan 10610 ROC

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