Semantic web and e-learning
Peter, S.E., Dastbaz, M. and Bacon, E. (2008) Semantic web and e-learning. In: Graham, Deryn, (ed.) "e" Teaching and Learning 2008: Workshop Proceedings. Higher Education Academy, Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences, Newtownabbey, Belfast, UK. ISBN 978-0-9552005-9-5Full text not available from this repository.
With emergence of "Semantic Web" there has been much discussion about the impact of technologies such as XML and RDF on the way we use the Web for developing e-learning applications and perhaps more importantly on how we can personalise these applications. Personalisation of e-learning is viewed by many authors (see amongst others Eklund & Brusilovsky, 1998; Kurzel, Slay, & Hagenus, 2003; Martinez, 2000; Sampson, Karagiannidis, & Kinshuk, 2002; Voigt & Swatman, 2003) as the key challenge for the learning technologists. According to Kurzel (2004) the tailoring of e-learning applications can have an impact on content and how it's accesses; the media forms used; method of instruction employed and the learning styles supported.
This paper will report on a research project currently underway at the eCentre in University of Greenwich which is exploring different approaches and methodologies to create an e-learning platform with personalisation built-in. This personalisation is proposed to be set from different levels of within the system starting from being guided by the information that the user inputs into the system down to the lower level of being set using information inferred by the system's processing engine.
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