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Dr Oliver Schneider PhD

CSCAN Network Research Student

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o.schneider@fbi.h-da.de

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Simplifying Authoring of Adaptive Hypermedia Structures in an eLearning Context

In an eLearning context, Adaptive Hypermedia Systems have been developed to improve learning success by increasing learner satisfaction, learning speed, and educational effectiveness. However, creating adaptive eLearning content and structures is still a time consuming and complicated task, in particular if individual lecturers are the intended authors. The way of thinking that is needed to create adaptive structures as well as the workflows is one that lecturers are unaccustomed to.
The aim of this research project is to develop a concept that helps authors create adaptive eLearning content and structures, which focuses on its applicability for lecturers as intended authors. The research is targeted at the sequencing of content, which is one of the main aspects of adaptive eLearning.
To achieve this aim the problem has been viewed from the author’s side. First, in terms of complexity of thoughts and threads, explanations about content structures have been found in storytelling theory. It also provides insights into how authors work, how story worlds are created, story lines intertwined, and how they are all merged together into one content. This helps us understand how non technical authors create content that is understandable and interesting for recipients. Second, the linear structure of learning content has been investigated to extract all the information that can be used for sequencing purposes. This investigation led to an approach that combines existing models to ease the authoring process for adaptive learning content by relating linear content from different authors and therefore defining interdependencies that delinearise the content structure.
The technical feasibility of the authoring methods for adaptive learning content has been proven by the implementation of the essential parts in a research prototype and by authoring content from real life lectures with the prototype’s editor. The content and its adaptive structure obtained by using the concept of this research have been tested with the prototype’s player and monitor. Additionally, authoring aspects of the concept have been shown along with practical examples and workflows. Lastly, the interviewees who took part in expert interviews have agreed that the concept significantly reduces authoring complexity and potentially increases the amount of lecturers that are able to create adaptive content. The concept represents the common and traditional authoring process for linear content to a large extent. Compared to existing approaches the additional work needed is limited, and authors do not need to delve into adaptive structures or other authors’ content structures and didactic approaches.

Dr Oliver Schneider

Director of studies: Prof. Dr. Udo Bleimann
Other supervisors: Prof. Dr. Bettina Harriehausen, Dr Andy Phippen

Journal papers

Atlantis University: Learn Your Own Way
Schneider O, Bleimann U, Stengel I
International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp184–201, 2009
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Analysis on pedodiversity and spatial subset representativity—the German soil map 1:1,000,000
Behrens T, Schneider O, Lösel G, Scholten T, Hennings V, Felix-Henningsen P, Hartwich R
Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, Volume 172, Issue 1, pp91–100, 2009
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2 Journal papers

Conference papers

Exploration of Learner Preferences and their Impact Within a Media Module
Stengel I, Schneider O, Bleimann U
Proceedings of the Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010), Heidelberg, Germany, 8-10 July, ISBN: 978-1-84102-259-8, pp279-288, 2010
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Simplified Creation and Presentation of Non-linear Adaptive Content
Schneider O, Bleimann U, Phippen AD, Harriehausen-Mühlbauer B
Learning by Playing. Game-based Education System Design and Development, Edutainment 2009, Banff, Canada, August 9–11, pp239–250, ISBN 978-3-642-03363-6, 2009
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Inside Coherence: Concept for a Non-Linear eLearning Solution
Schneider O, Bleimann U, Phippen AD, Harriehausen-Mühlbauer B
Proceedings of the Seventh International Network Conference (INC2008), Plymouth, UK, 8-10 July, pp223-233, 2008
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Non-Linear Extended Blended Learning
Schneider O, Bleimann U, Harriehausen-Mühlbauer B, Phippen AD
Proceedings of the Sixth International Network Conference (INC2006), Plymouth, UK, 11-14 July, pp377-384, 2006
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4 Conference papers

Edited books

Proceedings of the Eleventh International Network Conference (INC 2016)
Alekseev S, Dowland PS, Ghita BV, Schneider O
Frankfurt, Germany, 19-21 July, ISBN: 978-1-84102-410-3, pp192, 2016
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Proceedings of the Eighth International Network Conference (INC 2010)
Bleimann U, Dowland PS, Furnell SM, Schneider O
Heidelberg, Germany, 8-10 July, ISBN: 978-1-84102-259-8, pp413, 2010
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2 Edited books

Internal publications

Find Your Own Path: Path Construction Strategy for Atlantis University’s Coherence Service
Schneider O, Bleimann U, Phippen AD, Harriehausen-Mühlbauer B
Proceedings of the Fourth Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2008), Wrexham, UK, ISBN: 978-1-84102-196-6, pp46-55, 2008
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Learn your own way: decision way through narrative approaches, methods and paradigms for learning purposes
Schneider O, Bleimann U, Phippen AD, Harriehausen-Mühlbauer B
Proceedings of the Third Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2007), Plymouth, UK, ISBN: 978-1-8410-2173-7, pp99-114, 2007
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2 Internal publications

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