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Synchronous support and monitoring in web‐based educational systems

Christos Fidas (Scientific Park of Patras, Instance Ltd, Patras, Greece)
Vasilios Kapsalis (Scientific Park of Patras, Instance Ltd, Patras, Greece)
Christos Tranoris (Scientific Park of Patras, Instance Ltd, Patras, Greece)
Nikolaos Avouris (Human Computer Interaction Group, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)

Campus-Wide Information Systems

ISSN: 1065-0741

Publication date: 1 May 2006

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the design of a context‐aware service for synchronous support in web‐based educational systems.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed service supports synchronous interaction among tutors and students, based on their current context, thus increasing the communication channels, the reasoning and the exchanging of ideas.

Findings

The proposed service introduced here gives additional value to distance learning educational systems, as it transforms the web from a medium primarily used for asynchronous communication into a synchronous one.

Originality/value

As educational institutes move their content online and open universities support lessons through the internet, services like the proposed one are of general value.

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Citation

Fidas, C., Kapsalis, V., Tranoris, C. and Avouris, N. (2006), "Synchronous support and monitoring in web‐based educational systems", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 138-148. https://doi.org/10.1108/10650740610674157

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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