Can educators develop ontologies using ontology extraction tools: an end-user study

Marek Hatala, Dragan Gašević, Melody Siadaty, Jelena Jovanović, Carlo Torniai

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The recent research demonstrated several important benefits in the use of semantic technologies in development of technology-enhanced environments. The one underlying assumption for most of the current approaches is that there is a domain ontology. The second unspoken assumption follows that educators will build domain ontologies for their courses. However, ontologies are hard to build. Ontology extraction tools aim to overcome this problem. We have conducted an empirical study with educators where they used current ontology tools to extract ontologies from their existing course material. The results are reported for the IT and non-IT educators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning in the Synergy of Multiple Disciplines
Subtitle of host publication4th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2009 Nice, France, September 29–October 2, 2009 Proceedings
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) 2009 - Nice, France
Duration: 29 Sep 20092 Oct 2009
Conference number: 4th (Proceedings)


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) 2009
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2009
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  • Domain ontologies
  • End-user study
  • Ontology building
  • Ontology extraction

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