Using Topic Maps for E-learning

C. Dichev, D. Dicheva (USA), and L. Aroyo (The Netherlands)


WBE, concept-based courseware, semantic Web, ontology, Topic maps


In this paper we discuss the educational and research benefits of applying an innovative technology - Topic Maps - for organizing and retrieving online information in the context of e-learning courseware. Topic maps offer a standards-based approach to encoding expert's (domain and instructional) knowledge, i.e. to building educational ontologies and courseware components. This allows further reuse, sharing, and interoperability of knowledge structures and teaching units between courseware authors and developers. We also present our current work on developing, evaluating, and utilizing Topic maps-based e learning modules.

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