Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 71–86 | Cite as

Towards a semantic infrastructure for context-aware e-learning

  • Zhiwen YuEmail author
  • Xingshe Zhou
  • Lei Shu


Architectural supports, e.g., user context processing and learning content management are essential for facilitating the development and proliferation of context-aware e-learning services. In this paper, we propose a context-aware e-learning infrastructure called Semantic Learning Space. It leverages the Semantic Web technologies to support semantic knowledge representation, systematic context management, interoperable content integration, expressive knowledge query, and adaptive content recommendation. The functionality encapsulated in the infrastructure handles the common, time-consuming and low-level details in learning context processing and content management. The architectural design and enabling technologies are described in detail. Finally, the prototype implementation and preliminary experimental results are presented.


Semantic learning space E-learning Context-aware Semantic Web Infrastructure 



This work was partially supported by the High-Tech Program of China (863) (No. 2009AA011903), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 60903125, 60803044), Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (No. 20070699014), France ICT-Asia project “I-CROSS: Impromptu, Context-aware and Trustworthy Service Provision in Heterogeneous and Unfamiliar Spaces”, and the Science Foundation Ireland under grant No. SFI/08/CE/I1380 (Lion-2).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.National University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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