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Incorporating Context-Awareness Services in Adaptive U-MAS Learning Environments

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The context-awareness concept, which is inherent to humans when performing any learning activity, becomes the main component for monitoring activities in virtual learning environments. The aim of this paper is to incorporate context-awareness services within an adaptive ubiquitous Multi-Agent System (U-MAS) learning environment intended for instructional planning and educational resource recommendation. The awareness agent developed that composes the system architecture provides the functionality that involves several context-awareness services. This characteristic allows both students and teachers at a given time be aware of their learning progress status during U-MAS execution. In order to validate the incorporation of context-aware services a prototype was built and tested through a case study. Results obtained demonstrate the effectiveness of using this kind of approaches in virtual learning environments which constitutes an attempt to improve learning processes.

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  • U-MAS
  • Context-awareness services
  • Adaptive virtual courses
  • Mobile devices

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The research presented in this paper was partially funded by the COLCIENCIAS project entitled: “RAIM: Implementación de un framework apoyado en tecnologías móviles y de realidad aumentada para entornos educativos ubicuos, adaptativos, accesibles e interactivos para todos” from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, with code 1119-569-34172. This research was also developed with the aid of the master grant offered to Oscar M. Salazar by COLCIENCIAS through “Convocatoria 617 de 2013. Capítulo 1 Semilleros-Jóvenes Investigadores”.

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Salazar, O.M., Ovalle, D.A., Duque, N.D. (2015). Incorporating Context-Awareness Services in Adaptive U-MAS Learning Environments. In: , et al. Highlights of Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Sustainability - The PAAMS Collection. PAAMS 2015. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 524. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19033-4_28

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