Learning via the net

The World Wide Web has been proved a very attractive space to wander, but one of the deficiencies of the web is the lack of orientation. Cognitive overload and disorientation limits the effectiveness of hypertext for learning. By cognitively adapting a hypertext system to the user and by providing instructional cues, the effects of these problems might be reduced.

Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning CSCL applications in future classrooms are likely to be organized around Wireless Internet Learning Devices (WILD) that will be small handheld PCs connected by short-range wireless networking. CSCL may evolve towards a focus on systemic coupling in an augmented activity space.

We can consider hypertext (hypermedia) as a tool for augmenting human understanding and also using a conceptual framework behind it. The role of a conceptual framework is implemented by generating web pages which are linked according to the relations among concepts in a knowledge base. For each concept in the knowledge base there is a web page. The generated web pages are linked according to explicit (e.g. inheritance) or implicit (e.g. sibling) relations.

See Wikipedia Semantic WEb:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_Web

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