Welcome to the OMNIBUS project: an ontology of learning, instruction and instructional design

News!

  • SMARTIES, which is a prototype of theory-aware and standard-compliant authoring system, is updated. Please come to the download page via download top. (2010.11.16)
  • The link to the OntologyViewer is added. You can see a part of OMNIBUS on your web browser without HOZO. Please come to the download page via download top. (2008.12.30)
  • SMARTIES, which is a prototype of theory-aware and standard-compliant authoring system, is released. Please come to the download page via download top. (2008.2.14)
  • OMNIBUS ontology is updated! Please come to the download page via download top.(2007.11.19)
  • PDF version of this WEB site is here (2007.7.31)
  • Slides of the Keynote Talk at SWEL'07 is available. (2007.7.25)

Foreword

In their paper{1}, Jacquline Bourdeau and Riichiro Mizoguchi foresaw a framework for ontology-based intelligent systems as shown in Fig. 1. Although it took longer years than their expectation, the ontology they have been developing is now released for evaluation. Ontology building is a labor-intensive process and it is rarely perfect. Our enterprise is not an exception. The current ontology is still very preliminary because it has been completely reconstructed from the existing one with a few new ideas. So, we hope the readers be generous when they read the ontology.

The ontology presented here is not a light-weight ontology but a heavy-weight ontology. It is built based on philosophical consideration of all the concepts necessary for understanding learning, instruction and instructional design. Although it is full of axioms, the Hozo GUI which is based on a frame structure makes it easier to read it. However, the readers are expected to have basic knowledge of ontology such as the theory of role[Kozaki 02]1) and the Hozo way of role representation.

Papers{4,5} would be helpful to grasp what we are doing with this ontology. The prototype system built is a totally ontology-aware system which fully utilizes the merits of ontology computationally as well as conceptually. The prototype system is so preliminary that it can't be open to public, though you can get a rough idea of what it is from the papers{4,5}.

Fig. 1 A framework for ontology-based intelligent systems

Riichiro Mizoguchi, Jacqueline Bourdeau and Yusuke Hayashi

Download

  • OMNIBUS ontology in Hozo format and OWL format, and
  • a prototype of theory-aware and standard-compliant authoring system: SMARTIES

are available now.

You can download the ontology from download top.

How to read this ontology

Presentations

Inside Theory-Aware Authoring System

Keynote Talk at SWEL'07

  • Structure of this talk
    1. Introduction
    2. Part 1: How SMARTIES works
      • Functionality and computational aspect of ontology use
    3. Part 2: How the ontology is built and its underlying philosophy of its design
      • Ontology engineering aspect

Powerpoint slides (.pps file, 4.67MB))

PDF (.pdf file, 9.23MB)

You can download OMNIBUS ontology and SMARTIES from download top.

Publications

  1. Mizoguchi, R. and Bourdeau, J.: Using Ontological Engineering to Overcome AI-ED Problems, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Vol.11, No.2, pp.107-121, 2000. PDF
  2. Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: Collaborative ontological engineering of instructional design knowledge for an ITS authoring environment, Proc. of the 6th International Conference (ITS 2002), Biarritz, France, June 2-7, pp.399-409, IOS Press, 2002. PDF
  3. Bourdeau, J., Mizoguchi, R., Psyche, V. and Nkambou, R.: Selecting Theories in an Ontology-Based ITS Authoring Environment, Proc. of the 6th International Conference (ITS 2004), pp. 150-161, Alagoas, Brazil, Aug. 30 - Sep. 3, 2004.
  4. Psyche, V., Bourdeau, J., Nkambou, R. and Mizoguchi, R.: Making Learning Design Standards Work with an Ontology of Educational Theories, Proc. of the 12th Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED2005), pp. 539-546, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 18-22, 2005. PDF
  5. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: Ontological Support for a Theory-Eclectic Approach to Instructional and Learning Design, Proc. of First European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL2006), pp.155-169, Crete, Greece, Oct. 1-4, 2006. PDF
  6. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: Ontological Modeling Approach to Blending Theories for Instructional and Learning Design, Proc. of The 14th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE2006), pp. 37-44, Beijing, China, Nov.30-Dec. 4, 2006. PDF
  7. Mizoguchi, R., Hayashi, Y. and Bourdeau, J.: Inside Theory-Aware Authoring System, Proc. of The Fifth International Workshop on Ontologies and Semantic Web for E-Learning (SWEL'07) , pp. 1-18, Marina del Rey, CA, USA, July. 9, 2007. PDF
  8. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: Standard-compliant Scenario Building with Theoretical Justification in a Theory-aware Authoring Tool, Proc. of The 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2007), pp. 37-44, Marina del Rey, CA, USA, July. 9-13, 2007. PDF
  9. Bourdeau, J., Mizoguchi, R., Hayashi, Y., Psyche, V., and Nkambou, R.: When the Domain of the Ontology is Education, Proc. of the 4th Conf. on Intelligent, Interactive Learning Objects Repository Networks (I2LOR'07), CD-ROM, Nov. 4-7, 2007.
  10. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: Theory-aware Explanation Support for Standard-compliant Scenario Building, Proc. of the workshop on Semantic Technology for Learning , pp. 104-109, Hiroshima, Japan, Nov. 5, 2007. PDF
  11. Hayashi,Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Toward Establishing an Ontological Structure for the Accumulation of Learning/Instructional Design Knowledge”, Proc. of 6th International Workshop on Ontologies and Semantic Web for E-Learning (SWEL '08), pp. 1-10, Montreal, Canada, June 22, 2008.
  12. Hayashi,Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “SMARTIES: a Theory-aware and Standard- compliant Authoring System”, Demonstrations Program of 9th International Conference of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS'08), pp. 65-67, Montréal, Canada, June 23-27, 2008.
  13. Hayashi,Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Structurization of Learning/Instructional Design Knowledge for Theory-aware Authoring systems”, Proc. of 9th International Conference of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS'08), LNCS 5091, pp. 573-582, Montreal, Canada, June 23-27, 2008.
  14. Hayashi,Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Toward Accumulation of Learning/Instructional Design Knowledge for Authoring Systems”, Proc. of 16th International Conference of Computers in Education (ICCE'08), pp. 19-26, Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 27-31, 2008.
  15. Villasclaras-Fernándeza, E.D., Isotani, S., Hayashi, Y., Mizoguchi, R.: “Looking into collaborative learning: design from macro- and micro-script perspectives”, Proc. of 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED2009), pp. 231-238, Brighton, UK, July 6-10, 2009.
  16. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Structuring Learning/Instructional Strategies through a State-based Modeling”, Proc. of 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED2009), pp. 215-222, Brighton, UK, July 6-10, 2009.
  17. Hayashi, Y., Isotani, S., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Toward a Learning/Instruction Process Model for Facilitating Instructional Design Cycle”, Tatnall, A. and Jones, A. (Eds.) Education and Technology for a Better World (Best papers from Proc. of 9th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE2009)), pp. 138-147, Bento Gonçalves, Brazil, July 27-31, 2009.
  18. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Towards Better Understanding of Learning/Instructional Design Knowledge with Strategy-centered Structuring”, Proc. of 17th International Conference of Computers in Education (ICCE'09), pp. 91-98, Hong Kong, China, No. 30-Dec. 4, 2009.
  19. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Using Ontological Engineering to Organize Learning/Instructional Theories and Build a Theory-Aware Authoring System”, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 211-252, 2009.
  20. Hayashi, Y., Kasai, T., and Mizoguchi, R.: “Ontological Modeling for Reflective Instructional Design: A Case Study on Modeling a Lesson Plan”, Proc. of 18th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE2010), pp. 25-32, Putrajaya, Malaysia, Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2010.
  21. Hayashi, Y., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “Strategy-centered Modeling for Better Understanding of Learning/Instructional Theories”, International journal of Knowledge and web Intelligence, Vol. 1, No. 3/4, pp. 187-208, 2010.
  22. Hayashi, Y., Isotani, S., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “A Common Model of Didactic and Collaborative Learning for Theory-aware Authoring Support”, Proc. of 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED2011), pp. 459-461, Auckland, New Zealand, June 28-July 1, 2011.
  23. Hayashi, Y., Isotani, S., Bourdeau, J. and Mizoguchi, R.: “An Ontological Model to Blend Didactic Instruction and Collaborative Learning”, Proc. of CRIWG2011, pp. 1-13, Paraty, Brazil, Oct. 2-5, 2011.
  24. Hayashi, Y., Kasai, T., and Mizoguchi, R.: “A Practical Study on Modeling Lesson Plans with an Ontological Engineering Approach”, Proc. of 19th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE2011), pp. 101-105, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2011.
  25. Hayashi, Y., Kasai, T., and Mizoguchi, R.: “The Effect of Ontological Modeling of Lesson Design: A Case Study in a Community of Teachers”, Workshop Proceedings: Supplementary Proc. of 19th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE2011), pp. 271-278, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2011.

Project members

  • Riichiro MIZOGUCHI (I.S.I.R, Osaka university, Japan) E-mail: miz at ei.sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp
  • Jacqueline BOURDEAU (LICEF, Télé-université, Canada) E-mail: jacqueline.bourdeau at licef.teluq.uqam.ca
  • Yusuke HAYASHI (Information Technology Center, Nagoya university, Japan) E-mail: hay at icts.nagoya-u.ac.jp

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Links

1) Kozaki, K., Kitamura, Y., Ikeda, M., and Mizoguchi, R.: Hozo: An Environment for Building/Using Ontologies Based on a Fundamental Consideration of “Role” and “Relationship”, Proc. of the 13th International Conference Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management(EKAW2002), pp.213-218, Siguenza, Spain, October 1-4, 2002.
 
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