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Semantic Management Systems for the Material Support of E-learning Platforms

, , DIASS – Politecnico di Bari, Italy ; , myHermes s.r.l., Italy ; , II Facoltà di Ingegneria - Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society Volume 6, Number 3, ISSN 1826-6223 e-ISSN 1826-6223 Publisher: Italian e-Learning Association


The paper describes a semantic-based system for e-learning platforms, designed to automate some highly time-consuming activities for the account of the cognitive process actors. To this end the system helps the instructor organize the support material for Learning Objects and guides the student in learning the structure of specific knowledge domain. Concerning the first of these aspects, the teacher is required only to indicate the resources in digital format (e-books, documents, Web pages) strictly connected to the lesson topic delivered in a structured way. At the student level, an interaction with a chatbot was analyzed in order to make the research and exploration of content more interactive. The virtual assistant guides the student in understanding structured contexts at different levels of detail (book, chapter, paragraph, sentence and phrase) and their mutual logical organization. The knowledge base was developed on the basis of the Semantic Web paradigm and uses WordNet as reference ontology. A prototype system is currently under test and evaluation at the AeFLab Laboratory of the Politecnico di Bari.


Di Lecce, V., Calabrese, M., Soldo, D. & Giove, A. (2010). Semantic Management Systems for the Material Support of E-learning Platforms. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 6(3), 61-70. Italian e-Learning Association. Retrieved January 17, 2019 from .


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