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Creating domain independent adaptive e‐learning systems using the sharable content object reference model

Jason Watson (School of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Pervaiz K. Ahmed (University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Glenn Hardaker (University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK)

Campus-Wide Information Systems

ISSN: 1065-0741

Article publication date: 9 January 2007




This research aims to investigate how a generic web‐based ITS can be created which will adapt the training content in real time, to the needs of the individual trainee across any domain.


After examining the various alternatives SCORM was adopted in this project because it provided an infrastructure that makes it possible to deliver personalised learning dynamically using re‐usable learning objects.


The results show that a system which presents a student with content that is supplementary to an authored course should be accompanied by a tool to help the trainee's navigation. For such a tool, key functionality would be: first, to identify learning objects that would take the student towards the ultimate learning goals; second, to suggest a pathway through the authored course structure and additional learning objects to the student; and finally, to present the student with different choices of pathway, such as fastest, most comprehensive and most popular routes.


This investigation has taken another approach of adapting the course by displaying an adapted set of learning objects to the trainee, instead of using a linear course structure.



Watson, J., Ahmed, P.K. and Hardaker, G. (2007), "Creating domain independent adaptive e‐learning systems using the sharable content object reference model", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 45-71.



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