Towards a Linked and Reusable Conceptual Layer Around Higher Education Programs

  • Fouad ZablithEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9500)


From a knowledge representation perspective, higher education programs can be exhibited as a set of concepts exchanged in learning environments to achieve specific learning objectives. Such concepts are often grouped in different blocks such as courses, modules or topics that count towards a degree. Currently, most of program representations are performed at a high level in the form of course descriptions that are part of course catalogs, or at more specific levels using for example course syllabi. While this is great for informative purposes, systematically capturing, processing and analyzing the concepts covered in a program is not possible with this text-based representation. We present in this chapter a data model based on the linked data principles to create a conceptual layer around higher education programs. We follow a collaborative approach using a semantic Mediawiki to build the knowledge graph around a business school curriculum. The impact of this linked open layer is highlighted at the level of (1) enriching online learning environments by extending the graph through learning material and selectively pushing it to existing course pages; and (2) enabling a more in-depth analysis of the program during review activities.



This work was supported by the University Research Board grant at the American University of Beirut. I would like to thank my colleagues and students who contributed to the extension of the graph through the wiki, and supported me in the implementation of the tools. I would also like to thank the students who have used the bookmarklet to bookmark the interesting materials that triggered invaluable insights and observations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Olayan School of Business, Riad El SolhAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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