Patterns in authoring of adaptive educational hypermedia: a taxonomy of learning styles

Brown, Elizabeth; Cristea, Alexandra; Stewart, Craig and Brailsford, Tim (2005). Patterns in authoring of adaptive educational hypermedia: a taxonomy of learning styles. Educational Technology & Society, 8(3) pp. 77–90.



This paper describes the use of adaptation patterns in the task of formulating standards for adaptive educational hypermedia (AEH) systems that is currently under investigation by the EU ADAPT project. Within this project, design dimensions for high granularity patterns have been established. In this paper we focus on detailing lower granularity adaptive patterns based upon learning styles. Several patterns from existing AEH system case studies are identified and classified according to an extended learning style "onion" model. This model forms the basis of a learning style taxonomy, introduced here, whose components determine adaptation patterns for AEH. These patterns are of importance both for authoring, as well as for interfacing between adaptive hypermedia systems. From an authoring point of view, these patterns may be used to establish a fine-grain approach to instructional strategies that can be implemented in AEH systems, as a response to a particular learning style. The implementation of this adaptation pattern taxonomy is discussed, both generally and in detail.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 30001
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1436-4522
  • Keywords
  • adaptive education hypermedia; learning styles; taxonomy; adaptation design patterns; ADAPT
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2005 The authors, © 2005 International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS)
  • Depositing User
  • Elizabeth FitzGerald