A Mixed Approach to Modelling Learning Styles in Adaptive Educational Hypermedia

P. Paredes and P. Rodriguez (Spain)


Adaptive hypermedia, web-based training, learning styles, user modeling.


In this paper we present a theoretical framework that deals with the dynamic modeling of learning styles. In that sense we propose a mixed approach. Firstly, we collect explicit information about the students by means of the ILS (Index of Learning Styles) questionnaire developed by Felder and Soloman. Our system adapts the course structure and sequencing to the student's profile. Later, we use the implicit information gathered by the system during the course in order to dynamically modify or not the course structure and sequencing previously selected. As the amount of data available for a particular student grows, the learning profile of students may or may not change. We believe that improving learning process implies not only acquisition of knowledge but also a good level of satisfaction and motivation of learners. Incorporation of learning styles into the user model is a good way to take into account student's preferences, and it could be integrated and modified in a more complex framework.

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