The Implementation of a Semantic Web Infrastructure for Integrating Distributed Personal Learning Environments
Aguilar, Emerico H. and Feria, Rommel P. (2011) The Implementation of a Semantic Web Infrastructure for Integrating Distributed Personal Learning Environments. pp. 1-3. In: Proceedings of the The PLE Conference 2011, 10th - 12th July 2011, Southampton, UK.
At a time when people are looking for more ways to learn beyond the confides of a classroom, Personal Learning Environments (PLE) have become an increasingly relevant concept. Its approach to learning makes it an interesting alternative to traditional modes of education, specifically with its use of ubiquitous technologies to enable students to manage their own learning. Among its many adaptations, a commonly used platform for implementation is the web. Such an approach allows learners direct access to the web's wide collection of resources and tools. The Web 2.0 has also led to the development of social applications that can interact with one another, making it possible for learners to integrate various resources and tools together for their learning purposes. However, despite the existence of Web 2.0 technologies, the capacity to integrate applications and resources remain limited under the web's present architecture. Currently, information stored in the web are not given well-defined meaning. This makes the task of consolidating data from different sources difficult, costly, and, at times, inaccurate. The Semantic Web, though, can address this situation. The Semantic Web is a vision to provide structured knowledge representation in the web, and this can give applications better means for processing information . Although this plan is still a work in progress, some of the components necessary to implement its principles are already available. Based on this premise, this research proposes the use of Semantic Web technologies to be able to come up with a framework that can serve as a foundation for improved interoperability among distributed PLEs. This has led to the development of a Semantic Web infrastructure for Personal Learning Environments.
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