TM4L: Creating and browsing educational topic maps

Authors: Dicheva, Darina; Dichev, Christo

Source: British Journal of Educational Technology, Volume 37, Number 3, May 2006 , pp. 391-404(14)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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In this article, we describe TM4L, an environment for building, maintaining and using standards-based, ontology-aware e-learning repositories. It is based on the idea that concept-driven access to learning material implemented as a topic map can bridge the gap between a learner and targeted knowledge. One of the driving goals of this work is to increase the reusability of available educational resources by enabling the use of a developed subject ontology with courses on the same subject with different stricture. Another goal of TM4L is to support an efficient context-based retrieval of learning content tailored to the needs of a learner working on an educational task. The paper focuses on three aspects of the TM4L environment: domain modelling, editing capabilities and the interface for exploring the learning collection. The key features of the TM4L functionality are illustrated with some examples.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Associate Professor of Computer Science at Winston-Salem State University, USA

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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