Developing a pedagogical cybersecurity ontology

Soon Ae Chun, James Geller

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We present work on a hybrid method for developing a pedagogical cybersecurity ontology augmented with teaching and learning-related knowledge in addition to the domain content knowledge. The intended use of this ontology is to support students in the process of learning. The general methodology for developing the pedagogical cybersecurity ontology combines the semi-automatic classification and acquisition of domain content knowledge with pedagogical knowledge. The hybrid development method involves the use of a seed ontology, an electronically readable textbook with a back-of-the-book index, semi-automatic steps based on pattern matching, and the cyberSecurity Ontology eXpert tool (SOX) for an expert to fill the knowledge gaps. Pedagogical knowledge elements include importance, difficulty, prerequisites and likely misunderstandings. The pedagogical cybersecurity ontology can be more useful for students than an ontology that contains only domain content knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-135
Number of pages19
JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
StatePublished - 2015
Event3rd International Conference on Data Management Technologies and Applications, DATA 2014 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Aug 29 2014Aug 31 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


  • Augmented security ontology
  • Hybrid cybersecurity ontology development
  • Pedagogical cybersecurity ontology
  • Security domain knowledge
  • Security ontology expert tool
  • Textbook index


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