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Title: An ontology-driven approach for developing learning object repository for construction using semantic web
Author: Raju, Pathmeswaran
ISNI:       0000 0004 2708 8399
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2009
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The arrival of new technologies makes learning content out of date and thus often leads to reinventing the wheel. The concept of learning objects is the basis of a new instructional design paradigm for e-learning that puts the emphasis on reuse as a key characteristic of learning activities. In the last decade, several efforts towards the standardisation of learning technology have resulted in the emergence of specific terminologies that are used to name and classify learning elements. Most of these efforts underline the importance of providing metadata information for content in a standardised format as a crucial step to reusability. Most of the current learning object repositories provide room for metadata, but lack a semantic model that clearly establishes what a learning object is and what their associated metadata such as pedagogy should be. The lack of semantics in learning objects also affects the interoperability, sharability and reusability. Semantic Web based solution facilitates the easy integration and identification of meaningful interrelationships, represents and uniquely identifies the digital resources, and improves the search precision. However, Semantic Web has not fully applied to e-learning and particularly for developing and delivering reusable learning objects. Therefore this research brings novelty by developing an ontology for construction domain in order to share and reuse construction learning objects. Furthermore, it develops an ontology-driven Semantic Web based learning object repository for construction by integrating pedagogical concepts within the construction education ontology. The thesis presents the design and implementation issues of the core functions of the repository. Results from the evaluation indicated that acceptance rate of the repository is low in the academic setting. Therefore strategies for the acceptance of innovation by the potential users and communities have to be developed in order to improve the acceptability of the learning object repository
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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