Recommender and Guidance Strategies for Creating Personal Mashup Learning Environments

Alexander Nussbaumer1, Daniel Dahrendorf2, Hans-Christian Schmitz3, Milos Kravcık4, Marcel Berthold1 and Dietrich Albert1, 5

  1. Knowledge Technologies Institute, Graz University of Technology
    8010 Graz, Austria
    {alexander.nussbaumer, dietrich.albert}
  2. imc Information Multimedia Communication AG
    Scheer Tower, Uni-Campus Nord, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
  3. Institut fur Deutsche Sprache
    R 5, 6-13, 68161 Mannheim, Germany
  4. Lehrstuhl Informatik 5, RWTH Aachen University
    Ahornstrasse 55, 52056 Aachen, Germany
  5. Department of Psychology, University of Graz
    Universitatsplatz 2, 8010 Graz, Austria


This article presents an approach that supports the creation of personal learning environments (PLE) suitable for self-regulated learning (SRL). PLEs became very popular in recent years offering more personal freedom to learners than traditional learning environments. However, creating and configuring PLEs demand specific meta-skills that not all learners have. This situation leads to the challenge how learners can be supported to create PLEs that are useful to achieve their intended learning outcomes. The theory of SRL describes learners as self-regulated if they are capable of taking over control of the own learning process. Grounding on that theory, a model has been elaborated that offers guidance for the creation of PLEs containing tools for cognitive and meta-cognitive learning activities. The implementation of this approach has been done in the context of the ROLE infrastructure. A quantitative and qualitative evaluation with teachers describes advantages and ideas for improvement.

Key words

self-regulated learning, personal learning environments, recommender, widget, widget store, mashup, ontology, learning activities

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Volume 11, Issue 1 (January 2014)
Year of Publication: 2014
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Nussbaumer, A., Dahrendorf, D., Schmitz, H., Kravcık, M., Berthold, M., Albert, D.: Recommender and Guidance Strategies for Creating Personal Mashup Learning Environments. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 11, No. 1, 321–342. (2014),