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Providing Adaptive Courses in Learning Management Systems with Respect to Learning Styles PROCEEDINGS

, Vienna University of Technology, Austria ; , Athabasca University, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Learning management systems (LMS) are commonly used in e-learning but provide little, or in most cases, no adaptivity. However, courses which adapt to the individual needs of students make learning easier for them and lead to a positive effect in learning. In this paper, we introduce a concept for providing adaptivity based on learning styles in LMS. In order to show the effectiveness of our approach, Moodle was extended by an add-on and an experiment with 437 students was performed. From the analysis of the students' performance and behaviour in the course, we found out that students who learned from a course that matches their learning styles spent significantly less time in the course and achieved in average the same marks than students who got a course that either mismatched with their learning styles or included all available learning objects. Therefore, providing adaptive courses in LMS according to the proposed concept can be seen as effective in supporting students in learning.

Citation

Graf, S. & Kinshuk, K. (2007). Providing Adaptive Courses in Learning Management Systems with Respect to Learning Styles. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2576-2583). Quebec City, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 20, 2017 from .

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