A semantic framework for cloud learning environments

Mikroyannidis, Alexander (2012). A semantic framework for cloud learning environments. In: Chao, Lee ed. Cloud Computing for Teaching and Learning: Strategies for Design and Implementation. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 17–31.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-0957-0

URL: http://www.igi-global.com/book/cloud-computing-tea...


Cloud Learning Environments (CLEs) are gradually gaining ground over traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS) by facilitating the lone or collaborative study of user-chosen blends of content and courses from heterogeneous sources, including Open Educational Resources (OER). In this chapter, we describe the use of ontologies for modelling various aspects of the learning process within such an environment. In particular, we consider a semantic knowledge base as the core of the learning environment, facilitating learners in finding educational services on the cloud. We describe how different stakeholder clusters are involved in the creation and maintenance of this knowledge base, through collaborative ontology management techniques. Finally, we define the mechanisms for the evolution of this knowledge base and the constant updating of the associated cloud learning services.

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