Collaborative Tagging of Java Learning Resources: Bridging the Gap between Teachers and Students

Collaborative Tagging of Java Learning Resources: Bridging the Gap between Teachers and Students

Maira Kotsovoulou (Deree College – The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/jksr.2013010102
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With the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, new applications have emerged that provide Internet users with the power to create content. This study focuses on a specific kind of Web 2.0 application, which is social bookmarking and tagging, and evaluates its educational use within the boundaries of a small Java learning community. Using activity theory, the activity system is defined and the interaction between its components is studied. Furthermore, the findings suggest that such a system could be used as a course tool to create a pool of negotiated and accepted keywords supporting appropriate, effective and efficient retrieval of Java resources.
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2. Research Objectives And Questions

I have initiated this study with an emphasis on student-teacher collaboration in creating a pool of JAVA resources. Each resource will be associated with a super set of descriptive labels (tags) created by the whole group. Three research questions guided the design, implementation and analysis of this work:

  • Do students and teachers share a common perception of the purpose, level of difficulty, complexity and usefulness of each resource?

  • To what extent can tags effectively and properly represent each resource, as perceived by this newly formed online community?

  • Is there a gap (difference) between student tags and teacher tags? If so, to what extent can we bridge this gap (in the future) by using a union of tags, thus assisting students in the information search and retrieval process?

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