Links for Learning: Linking for an Adaptive Learning Environment

T. Brailsford, D. Martin, A. Moore, C. Stewart, and H. Ashman


Adaptive hypertext, proxy-based linking, integrated learning environment, education, WHURLE


The automated generation of links within a body of educational material is critical to the cost-effective implementation of technology- based learning. This article describes the linking system used by WHURLE, an adaptive web-based integrated learning environment. Structural links are dynamically generated from lessons using an autonavigation system. Authored links are created by teachers or students, and consist of bidirectional links between different points in the content or between WHURLE and elsewhere on the web. Authored links are defined in a linkbase that is either attached to a lesson (i.e., teacher originated) or to a user profile (i.e., student originated). These links may be single (i.e., one to one), hubs (one to many), or plural (many to many), and are implemented by Goate, a content-modifying proxy system.

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