An ontological oriented approach on e-learning. integrating semantics for adaptive e-learning systems

Mittadis D. Lytras, Athanasia Pouloudi, Nikolaos Korfiatis

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In the last decade the evolution on educational technologies forced an extraordinary interest in new methods for delivering learning content to learners. The role of technology has often been overestimated causing a myopic consideration of the critical issues in e-learning. This paper provides an initial discussion of the role of ontologies in the context of e-learning. The overall objective is to emphasize the importance of analysing a phenomenon and reveal the descriptive conceptualizations that affect the employment of technology. Ontology as a term has an intrinsic holistic character and from this point of view is quite interesting to investigate ways of understanding the phenomenon of e-learning from several perspectives. An initial clarification of term ontology is presented and the main issues are used for the description of the developmental process of the e-learning ontology entitled Multi-Dimensional Dynamic Learning (MDL).The final conclusion balances conceptualizations and technological formulations by drilling down abstract concepts to data declarations and thus machine-readable semantics.
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Title of host publicationNew Paradigms in Organizations, Markets and Society
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2003)
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventECIS 2003 - Naples, Italy
Duration: 16 Jun 200321 Jun 2003


ConferenceECIS 2003


  • Ontologies
  • E-learning
  • Semantic Web
  • Adaptive E-learning Systems
  • Knowledge Management

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