Ontologies and Social Semantic Web for Intelligent Educational Systems

Special Track at the 24th International FLAIRS Conference
in cooperation with the American Association for Artificial Intelligence

May 18-20, 2011, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Organizers
Darina Dicheva, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Roger Nkambou, Niels Pinkwart

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Ontologies, the Semantic Web, and the Social Semantic Web offer a new perspective on intelligent educational systems by providing intelligent access to and management of Web information and semantically richer modeling of the applications and their users. This allows for supporting more adequate and accurate representations of learners, their learning goals, learning material and contexts of its use, as well as more efficient access and navigation through learning resources. The goal is to advance intelligent educational systems, so as to achieve improved e-learning efficiency, flexibility and adaptation for single users and communities of users (learners, instructors, courseware authors, etc). The proposed special track follows the workshop series “Ontologies and Semantic Web for e-Learning”- SWEL which was conducted successfully from 2002-2009 at different hosting conferences (http://compsci.wssu.edu/iis/swel/).

The goals of the SWEL @ FLAIRS 2011 Special Track are: (1) to discuss the current state-of-the-art in using ontologies and Semantic Web technologies in e-learning applications; and (2) to attract the interest of the related research communities to the problems in the educational Social Semantic Web and serve as an international platform for knowledge exchange and cooperation between researchers.

This special track will be of interest to researchers interested in using ontologies, Semantic Web and Social Semantic Web technologies in Web-based educational systems, distributed hypermedia and open hypermedia systems, as well as in Web Intelligence and Semantic Web / Social Semantic Web engineering.

The goals of the SWEL @ FLAIRS 2011 Special Track are:

  • to discuss the current state-of-the-art in using ontologies and Semantic Web technologies in e-learning applications.
  • to attract the interest of the related research communities to the problems in the educational Social Semantic Web and serve as an international platform for knowledge exchange and cooperation between researchers.

Topics:

  • Building ontologies for e-learning
    • ontology development

    • theoretical issues in ontology engineering.

  • 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 support authoring of intelligent Web-based educational systems
    • to support adaptive modularized and standardized architectures
    • to exchange user model information between Semantic Web applications
    • to facilitate the reuse of content and tools in different contexts and cultures.

  • Using Semantic Web and Social Web techniques for adaptation and personalization of e-learning applications
    • to support personalized information retrieval
    • to support adaptive information filtering
    • to support mobile learning applications personalization
    • to support intelligent learning group formation
    • to support collaborative learning.

  • Educational dimensions of the Social Semantic Web
    • collaborative tagging of learning resources
    • semi-formal ontologies, taxonomies and folksonomies in education
    • social perspective: motivations and benefits of Social Semantic Web approaches in education.

  • Social Networks in Education.

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

Conference Web Sites:

FLAIRS-2011 conference web page: http://www.flairs-24.info/
Florida AI Research Society (FLAIRS): http://www.flairs.com