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Rapid prototyping ontologies

Introduction Adopting an ontology development methodology for constructing ontologies and making sure that they have gone through the necessary review cycles is very important, especially in the world of academia and in industries that follow rigorous policies around the development of ontologies. One such methodology is highlighted in a previous blog post and identifies a series of steps to follow for successful ontology building. However, there are instances where the use of similar methodologies would introduce excessive development lead time, making ontology ... Read more

Ontology competency questions

Introduction A handful of existing ontology development methodologies identify “competency questions” as a means of scoping a knowledge model. This post discusses how you can define these questions at the start of your ontology projects for scope-setting purposes, to later use their basis during the assessment phase of your ontologies. What competency questions are... Competency questions are user-oriented interrogatives that allow you to scope your ontology. In other words, they are questions that your users would want to gain answers for, through ... Read more

Ontologies for business analysis

If you are interested in learning how applied ontology works for Business Analysis then check out my Udemy course on Ontologies for Business Analysis.     Read more

A framework for managing your e-learning strategy

In this post I expose a conceptual framework which can be used as reference model for managing the e-learning life cycle and strategy. The framework provides an at-a-glance view of what needs to be planned and managed to achieve successful e-learning course development. The e-learning course development life cycle usually starts with audience analysis. This is related to understanding who the target audience is for the course in question. There are other phases which follow, for example, gathering requirements for course delivery. ... Read more

SCORM in instructional design

SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. It is a set of specifications and guidelines to meet the requirements for web-based learning content (e-learning) in the context of modern education and training practices. In this post, I will be displaying a high-level visual model that captures the most prominent SCORM concepts that are relevant to instructional design practices. One of the fundamental concepts in SCORM is that of the "Sharable Content Object (SCO)" which is a reusable, modular, piece of learning content ... Read more

E-learning storyboarding at a glance

Storyboarding is a technique used across several areas to graphically plan how a deliverable unfolds with time, for example, deliverables for motion pictures, animations, teaching content, etc. Specifically in the area of instructional design, online teaching and e-learning, an e-learning storyboard can prove to be a powerful asset for supporting and planning the delivery of an online course. Generating good e-learning storyboards requires taking into account a whole host of things which include: Who the participants in the activity are ... Read more

Tailoring learning through ontological thinking

There is no single way of going about tailoring and designing content (e.g. training material, teaching books, lecture teaching content, etc.) for learning and development purposes. It all boils down to what you want to give to your audience and how you go about doing that. If you are a teacher or instructor, there’s a strong likelihood that the composition of your learning content will have a somewhat subjective dimension to it – and this is totally fine, because at the ... Read more

Ontology driven business analysis tool

Introduction Knowledge modelling has the potential of being extremely useful in the area of business analysis. Through ontology-based techniques it becomes possible to solve several ongoing issues faced by existing tools and methods in use. In this article, we're going to look at a novel approach for improving business analysis information and knowledge capture, through a multi-perspective ontology-based system. We’ll focus mainly on the idea without going into implementation-specific matters. Current tools and methods The role of the business analyst involves all ... Read more

Integrated ontology development metholodology

Introduction In this post we'll discuss a diagram which captures a methodology for ontology development as an integrated approach. The diagram provides a high level view of how to conduct ontology development with maximum coverage and places the core idea of requirements management at the heart of it. The diagram draws from several strands of widely adopted methodologies as well as observation patterns made over several works in the area of applied ontology. It is to be noted that the diagram ... Read more

LCA methodology description

Introduction My previous post identified how a process specification perspective can be applied to provide some structure and semantics for methodology description and execution, taking the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as example. In this article, we'll apply this perspective and expose a well-rounded ontology that captures the full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology description. To keep the core structure of the ontology within context, we'll reuse the four basic notions provided by the Process Specification Language (PSL) ontology (ISO18629-1:2004). These ... Read more
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