Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
In higher education, different instructors who teach the same course may vary the instructional paths, pace, and depth of the content. These variations may result in different performances among learners. The intent of this research is to design a course management system that aggregates appropriate course units based on maximum consensus among instructors, and to distribute contents to the learners more coherently and effectively. The concept mapping method is used as the model for the aggregation of course units, the construction of course structures, and the establishment of learning paths. Based on Goldsmith's closeness index (Goldsmith, Johnson & Acton, 1991), a new algorithm to integrate different course structures is also proposed. In order to explain the mechanism and functions that have been developed for this system, a civil engineering course (i.e., Reinforced Concrete Design) is used as an example. This study is significant since it provides a new algorithm for aggregating learning objects in course-mangagement systems.
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 13(4), pp.483-506