Using semantic documents and social networking in authoring of course material: An empirical study

Saša Nešić, Mehdi Jazayeri, Monica Landoni, Dragan Gašević

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Semantic Web technologies have been applied to many aspects of learning content authoring including annotation, dynamic assembly, and personalization of learning content as well as authors' collaborative activities. Whether Semantic Web technologies improved the authoring process and to what extend they make authors' life easier, however, remains an open question that we try to address in this paper. We report on the results of an empirical study based on the experiments that we conducted with the prototype of a novel document architecture called SDArch. Semantic Web technologies and social networking are two pillars of SDArch, thus potential benefits of SDArch naturally extend to them. Results of the study show that the utilization of SDArch in authoring improves user' performances compared to the authoring with conventional tools. In addition, the users' satisfaction collected from their subjective feedback was also highly positive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 10th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2010
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies 2010 - Sousse, Tunisia
Duration: 5 Jul 20107 Jul 2010
Conference number: 10th (Proceedings)


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies 2010
Abbreviated titleICALT 2010
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