De-Fragmenting Knowledge: Using Metadata for Interconnecting Courses

Ronchetti, Marco and Giuliani, Alberto and Saini, Paramjeet (2003) De-Fragmenting Knowledge: Using Metadata for Interconnecting Courses. UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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    E-learning systems are often based on the notion of "course": an interconnected set of resources aiming at presenting material related to a particular topic. Course authors do provide external links to related material. Such external links are however "frozen" at the time of publication of the course. Metadata are useful for classifying and finding e-learning artifacts. In many cases, metadata are used by Learning Management Systems to import, export, sequence and present learning objects. The use of metadata by humans is in general limited to a search functionality, e.g. by authors who search for material that can be reused. We argue that metadata can be used to enrich the interconnection among courses, and to present to the student a richer variety of interconnected resources. We implemented a system that presents an instance of this idea.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning, metadata, knowledge management
    Additional Information: Paper accepted at the CATE-IASTED e-Society Conference, Rhodes 2-4 July 2003
    Report Number: DIT-03-019
    Repository staff approval on: 09 May 2003

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