[C63] Avouris N., Solomos K., Social mechanisms for content quality control in web-based learning: An agent approach, in J.Jacko and C. Stephanidis (ed.) Human-Computer Interaction, vol 1, Proc. HCII 2003, pp. 891-895, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Mahwah, NJ, 2003. (pdf)
This paper investigates interaction of users with multiple agents in the context of web-based implicit communities of learners. In particular a user-centred quality-of-content control mechanism is presented, inspired by social protocols of interaction, which is used for building and maintaining cohesion of such communities. This takes the form of an innovative algorithm for ranking offers of educational material from heterogeneous educational sites, modelled as autonomous information agents. This algorithm takes into consideration the social acceptability of each sites’ contents. The described user interaction with this multi-agent system allows for adaptive participation in the educational process, while maintaining the user as the principal locus of control in the user-system interaction.