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ERIC Number: EJ836692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
An Ontology-Based Framework for Bridging Learning Design and Learning Content
Knight, Colin, Gasevic, Dragan; Richards, Griff
Educational Technology & Society, v9 n1 p23-37 2006
The paper describes an ontology-based framework for bridging learning design and learning object content. In present solutions, researchers have proposed conceptual models and developed tools for both of those subjects, but without detailed discussions of how they can be used together. In this paper we advocate the use of ontologies to explicitly specify all learning designs, learning objects, and the relations between them, and show how this use of ontologies can result in more effective (semi-)automatic tools and services that increase the level of reusability. We first define a three-part conceptual model that introduces an intermediate level between learning design and learning objects called the learning object context. We then use ontologies to facilitate the representation of these concepts: LOCO is a new ontology based on IMS-LD, ALOCoM is an existing ontology for learning objects, and LOCO-Cite is a new ontology for the learning object contextual model. We conclude by showing the applicability of the proposed framework in a use case study. (Contains 10 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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