Sixth International Workshop on
Ontologies and Semantic Web for E-Learning
in conjunction with ITS 2008

Workshop Organizers
Darina Dicheva, Andreas Harrer, Riichiro Mizoguchi




Accepted Papers


O4E Wiki



SWEL'08 @ ITS'08: Ontologies and Semantic Web for Intelligent Educational Systems

In conjunction with the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Montreal, Canada, June 23-27, 2008

SWEL'08 Workshop Photos 

PDF files and PP Slides of SWEL presentations 

This workshop will focus on Semantic Web based knowledge representation and engineering approaches and methods for the design, development and experimentation of intelligent educational systems. It will discuss issues related to the use of ontologies and Semantic Web standards for learning content structuring, retrieving, and delivery, services and knowledge components specification, effective intelligent courseware construction, and learner modeling.

SWEL@ITS’08 is the sixth in the series, following the successful workshop on Concepts and Ontologies in Web-based Educational Systems, held in conjunction with ICCE’2002 in Auckland, New Zealand, the three sessions of SWEL’04 (in conjunction with ITS’04, AH’04, and ISWC’04), the three sessions in 2005 (in conjunction with AIED’05, ICALT’05, and K-CAP’05), the session in 2006 in conjunction with AH’06, and the session in 2007 in conjunction with AIED’07. It has an established audience and a wiki hosting related resources – the Ontologies for Education (O4E) Wiki (").

The workshop goals are:

  • To discuss the current state-of-the-art in using ontologies and Semantic Web standards in intelligent and distributed educational systems.
  • To attract the interest of the related research communities to the problems in the educational Semantic Web and serve as an international platform for knowledge exchange and cooperation between researchers.

Workshop topics of interest include, but are not restricted, to:

  • Building ontologies for e-learning
    • ontology development;

    • theoretical issues in ontology engineering;

    • lightweight & participatory approaches (e.g. tagging).

  • Using ontologies and Semantic Web standards in e-learning applications
    • to represent learning content (knowledge);
    • to organize learning repositories / digital libraries;
    • to enable sharable learning objects and learner models;
    • to allow integrated learning scenarios using several content objects/tools/activities;
    • to support authoring of intelligent Web-based educational systems;
    • o to support adaptive modularised and standardized architectures.

  • Using Semantic Web-based contexts for adaptation and personalization of e-learning applications:
    • to support personalized information retrieval;
    • to support adaptive information filtering;
    • to support mobile learning applications personalization.

  • Using Semantic Web services in e-learning:
    • information retrieval services;
    • learning object/learning design services;
    • learner modeling services;
    • instructional services;
    • Web-based educational systems authoring services;
    • interoperability of and with these services.

  • Educational Semantic Web standards:
    • what should be included, e.g. formal languages, rules, metadata, educational modeling languages;
    • exploring possible combinations of existing Semantic Web and/or educational standards and mappings between them;
    • moving educational standards such as LOM, SCORM & IMS-LD closer to the Semantic Web;
    • methods and tools for annotation and reusability of learning objects;
    • role of RDF(S), OWL or TML as a basis for educational metadata specification languages.

  • Real-world systems, case studies and empirical research for Semantic Web-based educational systems:
    • lessons learnt;
    • best practices;
    • case studies for improved learners, instructors and authors experience.