Towards a Pattern Language for Adaptive Web-based Educational Systems

P. Avgeriou, D. Vogiatzis, A. Tzanavari, and S. Retalis


Design patterns, pattern language, adaptive hypermedia systems, user modelling, e-learning


Adaptive web-based educational systems represent an emerging technology that provides a unique advantage over traditional web- based educational systems: the ability to adapt to the user’s needs, goals, and preferences. Adaptive web-based educational systems are increasingly becoming part of mainstream education, yet there exists no disciplined way of designing them; most of their development is ad hoc. This article attempts to provide a disciplined design by recording the expertise of existing adaptive web-based educational systems in the form of design patterns. We present a categorization of the patterns according to an established paradigm in adaptive hypermedia, and we provide three exemplary patterns.

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