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EDUCATION AND LEARNING IN THE SEMANTIC WEB: CRITICAL ASPECTS AND RESEARCH CHALLENGES

Abstract

Web 3.0 (the Semantic Web) promises to revolutionize the way education and learning are delivered and consumed over the internet. In this paper, we discuss how the underlying technological elements of the semantic web, namely metadata, universal resource identifiers, ontologies, and smart agents, can be combined to add intelligence to web-based education and learning. We present three types of semantic web applications for education (learning objects, object repositories and pedagogical agents) and critically appraise their contribution to learners and instructors alike. Our work provides a systematic taxonomy of the current state-of-the-art and future research challenges in the field, coupled with an objective assessment of the critical aspects for the successful integration of semantic web applications in learning, with an aim to assist researchers in positioning their future work and contributions in the area.

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