Applying Semantic Web Technologies to Support Learners in Plant Identification and Taxonomy

Jordan, Katy (2012). Applying Semantic Web Technologies to Support Learners in Plant Identification and Taxonomy. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, 7(3) pp. 46–49.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v7i3.2089

Abstract

This paper describes a novel application of semantic web technologies to support undergraduate students’ learning in Plant Sciences. The pedagogical context focuses upon a field trip, seeking to enhance students’ familiarity with plant species they will encounter in the field and making links to over-arching concepts in the wider taught course. Semantic web technologies were selected as a potential match to support this learning context because of the well-defined plant taxonomy underpinning plant classification. The paper will conclude with reflections on the affordances, challenges and issues surfaced by this approach and its alignment with pedagogical theories.

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