Title: The use of concepts to improve content analysis in a distance learning system

Authors: Antonella Carbonaro, Rodolfo Ferrini

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, University of Bologna, Mura Anteo Zamboni 7, I-40127, Bologna, Italy. ' Department of Computer Science, University of Bologna, Mura Anteo Zamboni 7, I-40127, Bologna, Italy

Abstract: In this paper we introduce an update of our work on developing a distance-learning environment based on a collaborative bookmark management system approach. We introduce EasyInfo, an hybrid recommender architecture extension, which processes resources to extract concepts (not just words) from the documents using semantic capabilities. Then, the classification, recommendation and sharing phases take advantage of the word senses to classify, retrieve and suggest documents with high semantic relevance with respect to the student and resource models.

Keywords: distance learning systems; document sense; content analysis; recommendation systems; web-based education; e-learning; online learning; collaborative bookmark management; semantics; information retrieval; concept extraction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2007.015048

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2007 Vol.17 No.4/5, pp.369 - 380

Published online: 06 Sep 2007 *

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