A Framework for a Multi-agent Collaborative Virtual Learning Environment (MACVILLE) based on activity theory

Nader Hanna, Deborah Richards

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Virtual Learning Environments are increasingly used in education to encourage collaborative learning and engagement with the learning material. However, collaborative activity is often minimal and superficial. We propose a multi-agent collaborative virtual learning environment in which the agents support communication skills and collaboration among and with learners. Our framework is underpinned by Activity theory which is a theoretical model of human activity that reflects its collaborative nature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge management and acquisition for intelligent systems
Subtitle of host publication12th Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop, PKAW 2012, Kuching, Malaysia, September 5-6 2012 : proceedings
EditorsDeborah Richards, Byeong Ho Kang
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Germany
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783642325403
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventPacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (12th : 2012) - Kuching, Malaysia
Duration: 5 Sept 20126 Sept 2012

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


WorkshopPacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (12th : 2012)
CityKuching, Malaysia


  • Activity theory
  • Collaborative learning
  • Multi-agent
  • Virtual environment


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