Ontoolcole: An Ontology for the Semantic Search of CSCL Services

  • Guillermo Vega-Gorgojo
  • Miguel L. Bote-Lorenzo
  • Eduardo Gómez-Sánchez
  • Juan I. Asensio-Pérez
  • Yannis A. Dimitriadis
  • Iván M. Jorrín-Abellán
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4154)

Abstract

Collaborative learning systems can benefit from service-oriented computing, allowing educators to integrate external tools, offered as services by software providers, in order to support the realization of collaborative learning situations. Since finding and selecting appropriate services is a challenging issue, the Ontoolcole ontology has been developed in order to support the semantic search of CSCL services intended for the use of educators. This paper presents significant enhancements made in Ontoolcole from a prior version. Namely, Ontoolcole incorporates an artifact module, a task-level coordination module and the description of static information resources, further improving the capabilities to describe complex CSCL tools such as stateful applications or decomposable group tasks. An experiment with real educators has been carried out to evaluate whether Ontoolcole can be employed by educators to search CSCL services. Evaluation results show that Ontoolcole’s abstractions can fit educators’ questions based on their real practice while retrieving useful tools for their educational needs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillermo Vega-Gorgojo
    • 1
  • Miguel L. Bote-Lorenzo
    • 1
  • Eduardo Gómez-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Juan I. Asensio-Pérez
    • 1
  • Yannis A. Dimitriadis
    • 1
  • Iván M. Jorrín-Abellán
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Telecommunications EngineeringUniversity of ValladolidValladolidSpain
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of ValladolidValladolidSpain

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