Forming Homogeneous Classes for e-Learning in a Social Network Scenario

  • Antonello Comi
  • Lidia Fotia
  • Fabrizio MessinaEmail author
  • Giuseppe Pappalardo
  • Domenico Rosaci
  • Giuseppe M. L. Sarné
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 616)


The use of network technology to provide online courses is the latest trend in the training and development industry and has been defined as the “e-Learning revolution”. On the other hand, Online Social Networks (OSNs) represent today an effective possibility to have common and easy-to-use platforms for supporting e-Learning activities. However, as underlined by previous studies, many of the proposed e-Learning systems can result in confusion and decrease the learner’s interest. In this paper, we introduce the possibility to form e-Learning classes in the context of OSNs. At the best of our knowledge, any of the approaches proposed in the past considers the evolution of on-line classes as a problem of matching the individual users’ profiles with the profiles of the classes. In this paper, we propose an algorithm that exploits a multi-agent system to suitably distribute such a matching computation on all the user devices. The good effectiveness and the promising efficiency of our approach is shown by the experimental results obtained on simulated On-line Social Networks data.



This work has been supported by project PRISMA PON04a2 A/F funded by the Italian Ministry of University and NeCS Laboratory of the Department DICEAM, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonello Comi
    • 1
  • Lidia Fotia
    • 1
  • Fabrizio Messina
    • 3
    Email author
  • Giuseppe Pappalardo
    • 3
  • Domenico Rosaci
    • 1
  • Giuseppe M. L. Sarné
    • 2
  1. 1.DIIES, University Mediterranea of Reggio CalabriaReggio CalabriaItaly
  2. 2.DICEAM, University Mediterranea of Reggio CalabriaReggio CalabriaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of CataniaCataniaItaly

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