A Technique for Representing Course Knowledge Using Ontologies and Assessing Test Problems

  • Javed Khan
  • Manas Hardas
Part of the Advances in Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 43)


In this paper we present a novel method for qualitative assessment of educational resources, specifically ’test problems’. For test problems, the basic elements of design are in the form of concepts arranged in a hierarchy. Course concept knowledge can be represented in the form of prerequisite relation based ontology using which, assessment and information extraction from test problems is possible. Using a schema based on Web Ontology Language (OWL), course ontologies can be represented in a standard and sharable way. Some synthetic parameters for the assessment of a test problem in its concept space are introduced. The assessment system can be further extended to analyze any type educational resource.


ontology assessment complexity knowledge test problems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javed Khan
    • 1
  • Manas Hardas
    • 1
  1. 1.Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44240USA

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