Issue 4
Vol. 44

Current trends in eLearning based on knowledge space theory and cognitive psychology
Dietrich Albert, Cord Hockemeyer, Gudrun Wesiak

The importance of knowledge space theory and cognitive psychology for research and development in eLearning is focused on. Especially, it is shown that research on adaptivity and course development directly contributes to the components of eLearning systems, i.e. knowledge base, student model, teaching model, and interactive human computer interface. The main aspects with respect to adaptivity concern the directions and objectives, the objects, and the level of individualisation of adaptivity. Regarding the development of courses, we concentrate on competencies, learning and teaching strategies, as well as knowledge assessment and structuring knowledge domains. Furthermore, it is argued that psychological methodology is well-prepared for improving eLearning systems. In sum, psychology in co-operation with other disciplines has the chance to shape the eLearning systems of the future.

Key words: knowledge space theory, applied cognitive psychology, competencies, adaptivity, eLearning

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Albert
Cord Hockemeyer
Gudrun Wesiak
Institut für Psychologie
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

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