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Semantic Technologies for the Enhancement of Case-Based Learning

The "Ensemble" project explored the potential of Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies and approaches to support teaching in complex, controversial and rapidly-evolving fields where case based learning is a pedagogical approach of choice. Researchers and software developers worked with teachers and students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different subject areas to explore the nature and role of the cases around which learning was focused, and the part that emerging web technologies could play in this learning.  

While Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies had previously been used to enhance search and retrieval, administration and assessment processes in education, less work had been carried out on their pedagogical applications: it is in this area that the project has made its major contributions.

Participatory approaches to design, development and evaluation allowed the project to develop a range of new tools, web applications, and training materials which reflected the distinctive pedagogical approaches that were found in its research settings. At the same time, engaging with the project promoted pedagogical innovation on the part of teachers that went beyond simply implementing new web technologies. The project has also contributed new theorisations of the role of technology in learning in Higher Education.


Creator: Simon Morris Date: 24 September 2012 Software/multimedia package

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Creator: Simon Morris Date: 24 September 2012 Software/multimedia package


Creator: Patrick Carmichael Date: 08 September 2012 Website