A learning ontology with metadata and user profiles for enhancing accessibility of resources

Sudath Heiyanthuduwage, Rolf Schwitter, Mehmet A. Orgun

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Abstract

Current e-learning systems are database-driven; this makes it hard for users to find information in a direct way using the domain terminology they are familiar with from daily use. In order to alleviate this problem we propose the use of a learning ontology that uses an intuitive naming convention and combines learning concepts with user profiles and learning object metadata (LOM) for the easy access of learning resources. To understand the application domain, we analysed the undergraduate course handbook and the unit guides of a computing department. This helped us to identify the domain concepts, the relations between them and the constraints of the domain. Using this domain knowledge, we built an institution specific learning ontology. We show how an ontology-driven approach can be used in an e-learning system to guide the construction of user queries in an unobtrusive way and shield the user from the backend representation. We illustrate how questions can be answered successfully by the e-learning system; and how the learning resources can easily be accessed by using the learning ontology with metadata and user profiles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services
Subtitle of host publicationIC3e 2016
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages85-90
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467390606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017
Event2016 IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services: IC3e - Holiday Villa Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia
Duration: 10 Oct 201612 Oct 2016
http://computer.ieeemy.org/ic3e/

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityLangkawi
Period10/10/1612/10/16
Internet address

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