Learning with the Semantic Web: The Case of a Research Methodology Semantic Wiki

  • Colin PilkingtonEmail author
  • Laurette Pretorius
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11937)


The Semantic Web extends the read/write Web 2.0, allowing meaning to be assigned to content and the links between content, leading to the machine processability of this content and potential benefit to teaching and learning. Considering the difficulty that research students have with the concepts that make up the structure of a research methodology, this research explored the value of using a semantic wiki to support the learning and teaching of this structure in computing fields of study. This will add to current online approaches to research methodology learning as well as the use of the Semantic Web in and for learning. Following a design science research approach, a conceptual model of the domain led to an ontology, which formed the basis of the content and structure of the semantic wiki. Research methodology concepts and relationships were realised in the wiki and semantic annotations added to allow improved presentation and exploration of domain knowledge. The wiki was evaluated by both supervisors and research students, finding that there was value in the approach, but that it was not a quick-fix solution.


Semantic Web Semantic wiki Research methodology Smart learning environment Online teaching environment Higher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ComputingUniversity of South AfricaRoodepoortSouth Africa
  2. 2.College of Graduate StudiesUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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