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A Method for Implementing Distributed Learning Environments

A Method for Implementing Distributed Learning Environments
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Author(s): Fuhua Lin (Athabasca University, Canada), Pete Holt (Athabasca University, Canada)and Hong Lin (University of Houston-Downtown, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 4
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch121
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


This paper presents a method for implementing agent-based distributed learning systems to increase the functionality and flexibility of the systems and meet the requirements from the resource-oriented nature of distributed learning environments. We model a distributed learning software system as a multi-agent system using an open collaborative agent system architecture. In order to facilitate specifying conversation patterns and implementing conversation managers, we examine the workflow and tasks in distributed learning environments. The security and privacy management issue in agent-based learning environment is also discussed. An experimental example implemented shows the feasibility of the approach.

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