José Janssen

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Increased flexibility and modularisation in higher education complicates the process of learners finding their way through the offerings of higher education institutions. In lifelong learning, where learning opportunities are diverse and reach beyond institutional boundaries, it becomes even more complex to decide on a learning path. However, efficient and(More)
Lifelong learning puts learner self-direction centre-stage. However, increased responsibility should not come at the price of over-burdening or abandonment of learners as they progress along their learning journey. This paper introduces an approach to wayfinding support for lifelong learners based on self-organisation theory. It describes an architecture(More)
This article investigates the usability of a navigation support tool, which guides learners by generating advice on the next best step to take in a self-study e-learning course. The article draws on log data and responses from online questionnaires to provide insights into learners’ evaluation of the tool, their adherence to the advice and their(More)
Efficient and effective lifelong learning requires that learners can make well informed choices from a vast amount of learning opportunities. This paper suggests helping learners find their way drawing on principles of self-organisation and indirect social navigation; by analysing choices made by learners who went before and feeding this information back as(More)
Lifelong learners who select learning activities to attain certain learning goals need to know which are suitable and in which sequence they should be performed. Learners need support in this way-finding process, and we argue that this could be provided by using Personalised Recommender Systems (PRSs). To enable personalisation, collaborative filtering(More)
Open and distance learning (ODL) gives learners freedom of time, place and pace of study, putting learner self-direction centre-stage. However, increased responsibility should not come at the price of over-burdening or abandonment of learners as they progress along their learning journey. This paper introduces an approach to recommending the sequencing of(More)
This paper uses the Open University of the Netherlands as an instructive case for the introduction of elearning based on the IMS Learning Design specification (IMS LD). The IMS LD specification, as approved by the IMS Global Learning Consortium in 2003, enables the specification and encoding of learning scenarios that describe any design of a(More)
Flexible lifelong learning requires that learners can compare and select learning paths that best meet individual needs, not just in terms of learning goals, but also in terms of planning, costs etc. To this end a learning path specification was developed, which describes both the contents and the structure of any learning path, be it formal, non-formal,(More)
This article introduces an approach to adaptive wayfinding support for lifelong learners based on self-organisation theory. It describes an architecture which supports the recording, processing and presentation of collective learner behaviour designed to create a feedback loop informing learners of successful paths towards the attainment of their learning(More)