Date Added: Aug 2009
A Web-based learning tool, the Learn IN Context (LINC) system, designed and being used in some institution's courses in mixed-mode learning, is presented in this paper. This mode combines face-to-face and distance approaches to education. LINC can achieve both collaborative and competitive learning. In order to provide both learners and tutors with a more natural way to interact with e-learning applications, a conversational interface has been included in LINC. Hence, the components and essential features of LINC+, the voice enhanced version of LINC, are described. The authors report evaluation experiments of LINC/LINC+ in a real use context of a computer programming course taught at the Universit? de Moncton (Canada).