Using ontology for personalised course recommendation applications

Mohammed Essmat Ibrahim, Linda Yang, David Ndzi

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    The primary data source for universities and courses for students is increasingly becoming the web, and with a vast amount of information about thousands of courses on different websites, it is quite a task to find one that matches a student’s needs. That is why we are proposing the “Course Recom-mendation System”, a system that suggests the course best suited for prospective students. As there has been a huge increase in course content on the Internet, finding the course you really need has become time-consuming, so we are pro-posing to use an ontology-based approach to semantic content recommendation. The aim is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of providing students with suitable recommendations. The recommender takes into consideration knowledge about the user (the student’s profile) and course content, as well as knowledge about the domain that is being learned. Ontology is used to both models and represent such forms of knowledge. There are four steps to this: ex-tracting information from multiple sources, applying ontologies by using Protégé tools, semantic relevance calculation and refining the recommendation. A per-sonalised, complete and augmented course is then suggested for the student, based on these steps.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Science and its Applications - ICCSA 2017
    Subtitle of host publication17th International Conference, Trieste, Italy, July 3-6, 2017, Proceedings, Part I
    EditorsOsvaldo Gervasi, Beniamino Murgante, Sanjay Misra, Giuseppe Borruso, Carmelo M. Torre, Ana Maria A. C. Rocha, David Taniar, Bernady O. Apduhan, Elena Stankova, Alfredo Cuzzocrea
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3319623924
    ISBN (Print)978-3319623917
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
    EventThe 17th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications: ICCSA 2017 - Trieste, Italy
    Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


    ConferenceThe 17th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications
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    • recommendation systems
    • semantic web
    • ontology
    • course selection
    • semantic similarity


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