Emerging Web 3.0/Semantic Web Applications in Higher Education

Growing Personalization and Wider Interconnections in Learning

Edited by:
Charles Wankel, Ph.D. Phd., St. John's University, New York
Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

A volume in the series: Research in Management Education and Development. Editor(s): Charles Wankel, Ph.D., St. John's University, New York.

Published 2015

The Web is evolving from a place where a prodigious amount of text and images are stored to a place where educational and other needs are serviced. The Web is becoming increasingly automated with functions that previously required human action undertaken automatically moving learners and other users more quickly to useful support. More and more such services interoperate with each other through computer programs and agents. This is the territory of semantic Web services and Web 3.0. Just as shop bots and auction bots abound in handling a particular task on the Web currently, in higher education of the future such related bots and agents will interact with the heterogeneous information that is the stuff of higher education. The scale of such agent-based mediation and linked data will grow over time. Increasingly, intelligent agents and bots will undertake tasks on behalf of their faculty, administrator, and student owners. Collaborations among faculty and students around the world will be increasingly supported by semantic social networks capable of providing crucial functions. Students can be engaged in participating in the design and development of semantic Web applications in such areas as structuring and representing knowledge. The increasing availability of interactive educational tools and collaborative community-resources, such as wikis, can be the foundation for deploying semantically marked-up and social-connected educational spaces where students construct their own learning pathways in explorations of knowledge and creating new content integration.

This volume will share visions and partial realizations of the impact of the semantic Web and associated Web 3.0 features on higher education. This volume will provide accounts of cutting-edge pedagogic applications of the semantic Web with its extremely extensive use of interconnecting information technologies.

Part I Introduction. Chapter 01 Higher Education and Semantic Web: The Nearest Future or an Unspecific Horizon, Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch, Charles Wankel. Part II Semantic Web and the Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities. Chapter 02 Barriers and Incentives for the Utilization of Web 3.0: Case Study of Using Wikis in Croatia, Mirjana Pejić-Bach, Mislav Ante Omazić, Jovana Zoroja, Rebeka Danijela Vlahov. Chapter 03 The Semantic Web, Open Educational Resources, and the Flipped Classroom, Ben Kei Daniel. Chapter 04 Applying Web 3.0 Resources on Disaster Management Initiatives to Facilitate Information Retrieval, Visualization and Content Integration, Marta Poblet, Adela McMurray. Part III The Influence of Web 3.0 on the Education System; A Real Chance or Only a Theoretical Question? Chapter 05 Artificial Intelligence and eLearning 4.0: A New Paradigm in Higher Education, Wenxia Wu, Leslie J. King. Chapter 06 Rethink, Retrain, Redesign, Retool: Preparing Academics for the Personalization of Online Teaching and Learning, Paige Paquette, Shawndra T. Bowers, Agnes Helen Bellel, LaKayla Moore. Chapter 07 The Web 3.0 Classroom: Implications for Collaborative Deep Learning in Marketing, Raechel Johns. Chapter 08 Threshold Concepts and the Semantic Web, Sukanto Bhattacharya, Michael B. Cohen. Chapter 09 Learning and Playing in Web 3.0: Evidence from Serious Games in Higher Education, Maria Laura Toraldo, Gianluigi Mangia, Stefano Consiglio, Roberto Vardisio, Lucia Federica Farro. Part IV Semantic Web and Personalization and Interconnections in Learning. Chapter 10 Semantic Web Solutions to Support Reflective Learning in the Creative and Performing Arts, Pauline Brooks. Chapter 11 Towards a Personalized and Intelligent Web 3.0 Hybrid Learning Environment via the Quality of Collaboration and Interaction Modeling: A Fuzzy Logic-Based Approach, Sofia B. Dias, Sofia J. Hadjileontiadou, José A. Diniz, Leontios J. Hadjileontiadis. Chapter 12 Positioning Learner-Generated 'Knowledge Building Networks' Between Sites of Learning, Francesca Socolick. Chapter 13 Trust as a Layer in Semantic Web and Fundament for Development of Socio-Cognitive Paradigm in Higher Education Information Systems, Mislav Ante Omazić, Sergej Lugović. About the Authors.