Constructivism is a learning theory that states that people learn best when they actively construct their own knowledge. Various forms of “constructivist” learning systems have been proposed in recent years. According to our analysis, those systems exhibit only a few constructivist principles, and few of them support adaptation to different kinds of students.
Our research aims to design truly constructivist and adaptive learning environments. Our approach is based on a set of operational criteria for certain aspects of constructivism: We use these criteria both as guidelines for designing our learning system and for evaluating the conformity of our learning system with constructivist principles.
One of the facets often mentioned as being strongly relevant to constructivism is cognitive flexibility. This paper presents COFALE, a domain-independent adaptive e-Learning platform that supports cognitive flexibility, and an example of its use.
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