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E-Learning meets the Social Semantic Web

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5 Author(s)
Torniai, C. ; Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, BC ; Jovanovic, J. ; Gasevic, D. ; Bateman, S.
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The social semantic Web has recently emerged as a paradigm in which ontologies (aimed at defining, structuring and sharing information) and collaborative software (used for creating and sharing knowledge) have been merged together. Ontologies provide an effective means of capturing and integrating knowledge for feedback provisioning, while using collaborative activities can support pedagogical theories, such as social constructivism. Both technologies have developed separately in the e-learning domain; representing respectively a teacher-centered and a learner-centered approach for learning environments. In this paper we bridge the gap between these two approaches by leveraging the social semantic Web paradigm, and propose a collaborative semantic-rich learning environment in which folksonomies created from studentspsila collaborative tags contribute to ontology maintenance, and teacher-directed feedback.

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Advanced Learning Technologies, 2008. ICALT '08. Eighth IEEE International Conference on

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1-5 July 2008