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This paper gives an overview of the ELeGI Framework 6 IST Integrated Project, and then illustrates one of the many networking issues – QoS in synchronous collaborative environments – which has emerged from within the project. ELeGI has the ambitious goal of developing software technologies for effective human learning and promoting and supporting a learning paradigm shift. A new paradigm focused on knowledge construction using experiential based and collaborative learning approaches in a contextualised, personalised and ubiquitous way will replace the current information transfer paradigm focused on content and on the key authoritative figure of the teacher who provides information. We have chosen a synergic approach, sometimes called “human centred design”, to replace the classical, applicative approach to learning. With consideration of humans at the centre, learning is clearly a social, constructive phenomenon. It occurs as a side effect of interactions, conversations and enhanced presence in dynamic Virtual Communities.

With respect to an example of networking research issues, the provision of dynamically constituted synchronous conferencing facilities is one of problems that ELeGI must address in order to support multi-modal collaborative learning. The current Internet only provides best effort service and no timeliness guarantees for interactive traffic, so our work in this area has focused to date on an adaptive approach, which is described here.



This presentation is part of session "eLearning" which starts at Wednesday, June 9 @ 16:00


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