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Modeling e‐learning content

Sean Wolfgand Matsui Siqueira (Department of Applied Informatics, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Maria Helena Lima Baptista Braz (DECivil, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)
Rubens Nascimento Melo (Computer Science Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC‐Rio), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

International Journal of Web Information Systems

ISSN: 1744-0084

Article publication date: 28 September 2007




This paper seeks to present a modeling approach for e‐learning content, describing how to structure e‐learning content and also represent it in OWL DL.


This paper presents three different layers of information that should be considered in e‐learning and conceptual models to guide the representation of e‐learning content. This proposal is based on existing standards and experience gained in previous works. It is also shown how to structure and represent the content embedded in learning objects (LOs).


Besides providing a better structuring of the e‐learning content, content reuse and exploratory navigations over content through the semantic relationships between information (mainly information objects (IOs) and conceptual units) are promoted.

Research limitations/implications

A visual tool to allow a better exploration of the e‐learning content is already being developed. However, it is essential to develop optimized storing and retrieving mechanisms that would make this approach more interesting.

Practical implications

When compared with other approaches such as those based on semantic models and deductive models, the decrease in complexity makes acceptance and adoption of this approach by teachers and instructional designers easier.


This paper fulfils an identified three‐level information need for e‐learning content and presents a new modeling approach. Besides structuring the e‐learning content, the model is also represented in OWL DL. It allows an easier/richer implementation of e‐learning content.



Wolfgand Matsui Siqueira, S., Helena Lima Baptista Braz, M. and Nascimento Melo, R. (2007), "Modeling e‐learning content", International Journal of Web Information Systems, Vol. 3 No. 1/2, pp. 140-152.



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