From Knowledge Transmission to Sign Sharing: Semiotic Web as a New Paradigm for Teaching and Learning in the Future Internet

  • Noël Conruyt
  • Véronique Sébastien
  • Olivier Sébastien
  • David Grosser
  • Didier Sébastien
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 422)


In the 21st century, with the advent of ultra high-speed broadband networks (1Gb per second), the Internet will offer new opportunities for innovators to design qualitative services and applications. Indeed, the challenge of such e-services is not only on the technological aspects of Internet with new infrastructures and architectures to conceive. The reality is also on its human and multimedia content delivery, with innovative philosophies of communication to apply in this digital and virtual age. In the context of Teaching and Learning as a human-centered design approach, we propose a new paradigm for thinking the Web, called the Web of Signs, rather than the Web of things. It focuses on the process of making knowledge by sharing signs and significations (Semiotic Web), more than on knowledge transmission with intelligent object representations (Semantic Web). Sign management is the shift of paradigm for education with ICT (e-Education) that we have investigated in such domains as enhancing natural and cultural heritage. In this paper, we will present this concept and illustrate it with two examples issued from La Reunion Island projects in instrumental e-Learning (@-MUSE) and biodiversity informatics (IKBS). This Sign management method was experimented in the frame of our Living Lab in Teaching and Learning at University of Reunion Island.


Semiotic Web Sign management E-service Education Living Lab Creativity Platform Future Internet 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noël Conruyt
    • 1
  • Véronique Sébastien
    • 1
  • Olivier Sébastien
    • 1
  • David Grosser
    • 1
  • Didier Sébastien
    • 1
  1. 1.LIM-IREMIA, EA 25-25University of Reunion IslandSainte-ClotildeFrance

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