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Using Semantic Documents and Social Networking in Authoring of Course Material: An Empirical Study

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4 Author(s)
Nešić, S. ; Fac. of Inf., Univ. of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland ; Jazayeri, M. ; Landoni, M. ; Gašević, D.

Semantic Web technologies have been applied to many aspects of learning content authoring including annotation, dynamic assembly, and personalization of learning content as well as authors' collaborative activities. Whether Semantic Web technologies improved the authoring process and to what extend they make authors' life easier, however, remains an open question that we try to address in this paper. We report on the results of an empirical study based on the experiments that we conducted with the prototype of a novel document architecture called SDArch. Semantic Web technologies and social networking are two pillars of SDArch, thus potential benefits of SDArch naturally extend to them. Results of the study show that the utilization of SDArch in authoring improves user' performances compared to the authoring with conventional tools. In addition, the users' satisfaction collected from their subjective feedback was also highly positive.

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Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2010 IEEE 10th International Conference on

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5-7 July 2010