Metadata and Ontologies in Learning Resources Design

  • Christian Vidal C.
  • Alejandra Segura Navarrete
  • Víctor Menéndez D.
  • Alfredo Zapata Gonzalez
  • Manuel Prieto M.
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 111)


Resource design and development requires knowledge about educational goals, instructional context and information about learner’s characteristics among other. An important information source about this knowledge are metadata. However, metadata by themselves do not foresee all necessary information related to resource design. Here we argue the need to use different data and knowledge models to improve understanding the complex processes related to e-learning resources and their management. This paper presents the use of semantic web technologies, as ontologies, supporting the search and selection of resources used in design. Classification is done, based on instructional criteria derived from a knowledge acquisition process, using information provided by IEEE-LOM metadata standard. The knowledge obtained is represented in an ontology using OWL and SWRL. In this work we give evidence of the implementation of a Learning Object Classifier based on ontology. We demonstrate that the use of ontologies can support the design activities in e-learning.


Ontology Instructional Design knowledge acquisition web semantic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Vidal C.
    • 1
  • Alejandra Segura Navarrete
    • 1
  • Víctor Menéndez D.
    • 2
  • Alfredo Zapata Gonzalez
    • 2
  • Manuel Prieto M.
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidad del Bio-BioConcepciónChile
  2. 2.Univ. Autónoma de YucatánMérida, YucMexico
  3. 3.Univ. de Castilla-La ManchaCiudad RealSpain

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