A mining approach on discovering courses pattern for learning path construction

Tung Cheng Hsieh, Tzone I. Wang

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Abstract

In recent years, browser has become one of the most popular tools for searching information on the Internet. Although a person can conveniently find and download specific learning materials to gain fragmented knowledge, most of the materials are imperfect and have no particular order in the content. Therefore, most of the self-directed learners spend most of time in surveying and choosing the right learning materials collected from the Internet. This paper develops a web-based learning support system that harnesses two approaches, the learning path constructing approach and the learning object recommending approach. With collected documents and a learning subject from a learner, the system first discovers some candidate courses by using a data mining approach based on the Apriori algorithm. Next, the leaning path constructing approach, based on the Formal Concept Analysis, builds a Concept Lattice, using keywords extracted from some selected documents, to form a relationship hierarchy of all the concepts represented by the keywords. It then uses FCA to further compute mutual relationships among documents to decide a suitable learning path. For a chosen learning path, the support system uses both the preference-based and the correlation-based algorithms for recommending the most suitable learning objects or documents for each unit of the courses in order to facilitate more efficient learning for the learner. This e-learning support system can be embedded in any information retrieval system for surfers to do more efficient learning on the Internet.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education, WBE 2009
Pages178-183
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Event8th IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education, WBE 2009 - Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 2009 Mar 162009 Mar 18

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education, WBE 2009

Other

Other8th IASTED International Conference on Web-based Education, WBE 2009
CountryThailand
CityPhuket
Period09-03-1609-03-18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education

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