An Ontology to Model e-portfolio and Social Relationship in Web 2.0 Informal Learning Environments


  • Davide Taibi Italian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technologies Via Ugo La Malfa 153 90146 Palermo, Italy
  • Manuel Gentile Italian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technologies Via Ugo La Malfa 153 90146 Palermo, Italy
  • Giovanni Fulantelli Italian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technologies Via Ugo La Malfa 153 90146 Palermo, Italy
  • Mario Allegra Italian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technologies Via Ugo La Malfa 153 90146 Palermo, Italy


semantic web, e-portfolio, social networks, informal learning


Web 2.0 applications and the increasingly use of social networks have been creating new informal learning opportunities. Students interact and collaborate using new learning environments which are structurally different from traditional e-learning environments. In these informal unstructured learning contexts the boundaries between the learning contexts and social spheres disappear, and the definition of the students competences appears more and more important. In this paper we propose a semantic web approach in order to create the basis for a software platform to model learner profiles.
In particular we propose to extend the FOAF ontology, used to describe people and their personal relationships, with an ontology related to the IMS Learning Portfolio used to model students’ competencies. This ontology could be a fundamental layer for a new Web 2.0 learning environment in which students’ informal learning activities carried out in social networks can be managed and evaluated.


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