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    Knowledge-based learning environments for construction

    Alshawi, Mustafa, Goulding, Jack and Faraj, Ihsan (2006) Knowledge-based learning environments for construction. Journal for education in the built environment, 1 (1). pp. 51-72. ISSN 1747-4205

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    Developments in information technology have revolutionised the delivery of online learning to such an extent that interoperability, scalability, adaptability and mass-customisation are now becoming practical solutions for pan global delivery. However, whilst advocates of virtual learning environments, and advanced learning management systems often extol the virtues of e-learning per se, they often fail to articulate the limitations of such systems, especially concerning the 'personalisation' of the learning process and incompatibility with pedagogic needs. This paper presents an analysis of previous research in the field of knowledge based learning environments using the context of construction as an exemplar. A conceptual framework for developing a fully-customisable knowledge-based learning environment is proposed which uses knowledge objects linked to an object oriented database, the concept of which embraces interoperability, intelligent tutoring, shareability (learning content), and an intelligent interface to manage advanced learning object metadata.

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