Developing adaptive, rich-media, eLearning courses tends to be a
complex, highly-expensive and time-consuming task. A typical adaptive
eLearning course will involve a multi-skilled development team of technologists,
instructional developers, subject matter experts and integrators. Even
where the adaptive course attempts to reuse existing digital resources, considerable
effort is still required in the integration of the adaptive techniques and curriculum.
This paper tackles the fundamental challenges of extending adaptivity
across not only content (based on prior knowledge, goals, learning styles, connectivity
etc.) but also across adaptive pedagogic approaches, communication
tools and a range of e-activity types which are required for effective, deeper
learning. This paper identifies key activities and requirements for adaptive
course construction and presents the design of a tool to allow the rapid construction
of such courses. The paper outlines the usage of this tool in the form
of a case study and presents its research findings.
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