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Journal of Computer Science and Its Application

MEPLN e-learning: mesh-based peer-to-peer collaborative e-learning system for limited capacity networks

Authors: O.E. Ojo, T.D. Ajayi, O.O. Orenuga, A.O. Oluwatope

Journal: Journal of Computer Science and Its Application

The concept of collaborative e-learning scheme facilitates users’ creativity and critical thinking abilities by creating an interactive learning environment. Although, the conventional e- learning architectures support server-based principle but the decentralized approach of peer to peer network provide better opportunity for collaboration in e-learning. In peer-to-peer (P2P) collaborative e-learning paradigm, both the trainer and the trainee can act as provider and consumer of knowledge simultaneously. Furthermore, utilization of e-learning system is very poor in most Institutions in developing countries due to poor facilities. The scalable and affordable features of P2P network make it more suitable for e-learning technology in limited capacity networks environments typical in Nigeria while maintaining quality services. To this end, we propose an effective mesh-based P2P collaborative e-learning system named MEPLN e-learning suitable for proper peer management and resource allocation in limited capacity networks using Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria as a case study. MEPLN overlay topology was formalized using temporal logic; it was further verified and validated using Simulink design verifier in MATLAB simulation tool. The MEPLN e-learning scheme was then implemented using PHP, Java and MySQL programming languages. Keywords: Collaborative e-learning, peer-to-peer networks, limited capacity Networks