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RSS-Generated Contents through Personalizing e-Learning Agents

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6 Author(s)
De Maio, C. ; Dipt. di Mat. e Inf., Univ. degli Studi di Salerno, Fisciano, Italy ; Fenza, G. ; Loia, V. ; Senatore, S.
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Nowadays, the emphasis on Web 2.0 is specially focused on user generated content, data sharing and collaboration activities. Protocols like RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allow users to get structured web information in a simple way, display changes in summary form and stay updated about news headlines of interest. In the e-Learning domain, RSS feeds meet demand for didactic activities from learners and teachers viewpoints, enabling them to become aware of new blog posts in educational blogging scenarios, to keep track of new shared media, etc. This paper presents an approach to enrich personalized e-learning experiences with user-generated content, through the RSS-feeds fruition. The synergic exploitation of Knowledge Modeling and Formal Concept Analysis techniques enables the definition and design of a system for supporting learners in the didactic activities. An agent-based layer supervises the extraction and filtering of RSS feeds whose topics are specific of a given educational domain. Then, during the execution of a specific learning path, the agents suggest the most appropriate feeds with respect to the subjects in which the students are currently engaged in.

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Intelligent Systems Design and Applications, 2009. ISDA '09. Ninth International Conference on

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Nov. 30 2009-Dec. 2 2009