AusWeb 97 Third Australian
World Wide Web Conference

Adaptive Textbooks on the World Wide Web

John Eklund, Faculty of Education, The University of Technology, Sydney, PO Box 222 Lindfield NSW 2070, Australia. Phone +61 2 95145613 Fax: +61 2 9514 5666

Peter Brusilovsky, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

Elmar Schwarz, Department of Psychology Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA


adaptive, authoring, hypermedia, navigation, textbook, user-model, WWW


This paper examines some recent research in the area of adaptive navigation support, a class of adaptation in user-model based interfaces, and specifically discusses the authoring and delivery tool for adaptive electronic textbooks called Interbook [HREF2], implemented on the WWW. Interbook uses history-based, knowledge-based and prerequisite-based adaptive annotation of links to suggest to the individual user an appropriate path through a learning space. We describe the authoring environment and the principles upon which it is based, and discuss our efforts to experiment with, and to evaluate, this tool.

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