Guardian agents to support student group projects

BEER, Martin, STANIFORD, G. and WHATLEY, J. (2000). Guardian agents to support student group projects. In: International Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA'00). Lecture Notes in Computer Science . IEEE Computer Society, 458-462.

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    Abstract

    The paper describes the design of a set of agents intended to assist students undertaking group project work in a distributed environment. Increasing reliance on distance learning causes particular problems, as conventional monitoring techniques are often ineffective when group interactions may take a variety of different forms. Our objective is to monitor group activity and to provide assistance when the group appears to be at risk of failing to meet its objectives and then to offer advice on how the group can return to plan. If there is a serious risk of the group failing, appropriate members of the teaching staff are informed, together with the necessary logs to identify the problems. The initial design and construction of the agents is based on the ABW-Zeus methodology. Since all code generated is in Java, additional functionality can be added readily either by using class libraries or by adding Java code. This allows guardian agents to link effectively with existing Web based student learning environments

    Item Type: Book Section
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
    Page Range: 458-462
    Depositing User: Martin Beer
    Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2011 13:26
    Last Modified: 18 Oct 2018 12:38
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3489

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