Towards a Standardized
     Representation of Syllabi to
Facilitate Sharing and Personalization
       of Digital Library ...
Objectives
• A syllabus defines a course offering
• If we could standardize information
  contained in syllabi, it could be...
Syllabus Contents
Title, Description, Instructor, Teaching
Assistants, Prerequisites, Topics,
                   Learning ...
Syllabi published today
• Published via:
 • Instructor’s Web site
 • Course management systems
 • University course catalo...
The Adoption Problem
• Chicken-and-egg situation
• Solution: Crawl and parse existing syllabi
 • Develop a schema
 • Store...
Obtaining Syllabi (step 1)



     computer science site:edu

               Search
Obtaining Syllabi (step 2)



      syllabus site:cs.vt.edu

              Search
Categorization
• Full syllabus
• Partial syllabus
• Syllabus entry page
• Noise

• Labeled 1000 documents as a training set
Tools

• Syllabus creators / editors
• Syllabus repository
• Community-assisted classification and error
  correction
• Lin...
Comparing Syllabi
   HCI SE Curriculum    Theory Curriculum
            CC2001                CC2001



Syllabus          ...
Applications
• Personalizing NSDL* content for students
• Assisting instructors creating new syllabi
• Syllabi overview fo...
Conclusion
• Leverage information already available in
  syllabi
• Create a standardized representation
• Obtain existing ...
Questions

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Manas Tungare, Xiaoyan Yu, GuoFang Teng, Manuel Pérez-Quiñones, Edward Fox, Weiguo Fan, Lillian Cassel; Towards a Standardized Representation of Syllabi to Facilitate Sharing and Personalization of Digital Library Content.; Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Applications of Semantic Web Technologies for E-Learning (SW-EL).

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Towards a Standardized Representation of Syllabi to Facilitation Sharing and Personalization of Digital Library Content

  1. 1. Towards a Standardized Representation of Syllabi to Facilitate Sharing and Personalization of Digital Library Content Part of the research project: Personalization of Content: Bridging the gap between NSDL and its users. Funded by the National Science Foundation, USA.
  2. 2. Objectives • A syllabus defines a course offering • If we could standardize information contained in syllabi, it could be used for various applications: • Personalizing digital library content • Comparing and creating new syllabi • Mobile access
  3. 3. Syllabus Contents Title, Description, Instructor, Teaching Assistants, Prerequisites, Topics, Learning Objectives, Knowledge Units, Calendar, Readings, Books, Book Chapters, Articles, Papers, Instructor’s Notes, Slides, Assignments
  4. 4. Syllabi published today • Published via: • Instructor’s Web site • Course management systems • University course catalogs (summary) • Format: HTML, PDF • Access: Closed or open to public
  5. 5. The Adoption Problem • Chicken-and-egg situation • Solution: Crawl and parse existing syllabi • Develop a schema • Store in a repository • Develop tools & applications • Encourage creation of new syllabi conforming to schema
  6. 6. Obtaining Syllabi (step 1) computer science site:edu Search
  7. 7. Obtaining Syllabi (step 2) syllabus site:cs.vt.edu Search
  8. 8. Categorization • Full syllabus • Partial syllabus • Syllabus entry page • Noise • Labeled 1000 documents as a training set
  9. 9. Tools • Syllabus creators / editors • Syllabus repository • Community-assisted classification and error correction • Linking to Computing Curricula 2001
  10. 10. Comparing Syllabi HCI SE Curriculum Theory Curriculum CC2001 CC2001 Syllabus Syllabus CS1 CS1 Syllabus CS2 Syllabus CS2
  11. 11. Applications • Personalizing NSDL* content for students • Assisting instructors creating new syllabi • Syllabi overview for students • Assisting curriculum design & accreditation • Comparing programs at various schools • Mobile access to educational resources * National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Digital Library.
  12. 12. Conclusion • Leverage information already available in syllabi • Create a standardized representation • Obtain existing syllabi and create a repository • Build tools and applications to enable the use of syllabi beyond their current use
  13. 13. Questions ? ?

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