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ERIC Number: EJ860435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Toward a Semantic Forum for Active Collaborative Learning
Li, Yanyan; Dong, Mingkai; Huang, Ronghuai
Educational Technology & Society, v12 n4 p71-86 2009
Online discussion forums provide open workspace allowing learners to share information, exchange ideas, address problems and discuss on specific themes. But the substantial impediment to its promotion as effective e-learning facility lies in the continuously increasing messages but with discrete and incoherent structure as well as the loosely-tied learners with response-freeness. To motivate and facilitate active collaborative learning, this paper describes the design of a semantic forum with semantic link networking on discussion transcripts. Based on domain ontology and text mining technologies, messages are automatically processed for structural modeling with semantic association and special interest groups are automatically discovered for topic-centric social context measurement, which lays the foundation for the fulfillment of distinctive functionalities in the semantic forum (i.e. semantic search, relational navigation and recommendation). Compared with traditional forums, the semantic forum has three outstanding features. First, it deals with the structural incoherence and content isolation within forums. Second, it enables active learning by providing learners with relational navigation to meet their learning demands. Third, it supports social context based ranking to recommend learning companions or transcripts for collaborative problem-solving. (Contains 13 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China