Semantic Web Challenges for E-learning: A Discussion of the New Research Agenda in the E-learning Field

M.D. Lytras and A.A. Tsilira (Greece)


Semantic Web, Ontologies, Adaptive E-learning systems, Peer-to-Peer.


In the last decade the evolution on educational technologies forced an extraordinary interest in new methods for delivering learning content to learners. Several times the role of technology was overestimated causing a myopic consideration of the critical issues in e learning. This paper provides an initial discussion of the role of ontologies in the context of e-learning. The overall objective is to emphasize on the importance of analyzing a phenomenon and revealing the descriptive conceptualizations that affect the employment of technology. Ontology as a term has an intrinsic holistic character and from this point of view is quite interesting to investigate ways of understanding the phenomenon of e-learning from several perspectives. An initial clarification of term ontology is investigated and the main issues are used for the description of the developmental process of the e-learning ontology entitled MDL. The final conclusion balances conceptualizations and technological formulations by drilling down abstract concept to data declarations and thus machine-readable semantics.

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