Bridging the contextual distance: The e-CASE learning environment for supporting students' context awareness

Stavros N. Demetriadis*, Pantelis M. Papadopoulos, Ioannis A. Tsoukalas

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Supporting students' awareness of the complex way that contextual issues affect knowledge application in authentic situations is a critical instructional mission and can lead to improved problem solving in the workplace. In this work we present the design of e-CASE (Context Awareness Supporting Environment), which is a case based learning environment for supporting instruction in the domain of software development. In designing e-CASE we employ a model for context which further guides the use of script and narrative control techniques as external representations for enhancing students' context awareness. Our system applies an appropriate metadata scheme for connecting various pieces of information and creating crossing paths for the learner, in the web of authentic application cases. It also provides functionality for updating and extending its content allowing people from the workplace to become content providers. Thus, we argue, e-CASE can help bridging the contextual distance, supporting the development of an extended learning community by establishing flexible and instructionally efficient links between the traditional educational settings and the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Informatics - 10th Panhellenic Conference on Informatics, PCI 2005, Proceedings
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Panhellenic Conference on Informatics, PCI 2005 - Volas, Greece
Duration: 11 Nov 200513 Nov 2005
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3746 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th Panhellenic Conference on Informatics, PCI 2005
Abbreviated titlePCI 2005


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