Organic design techniques utilized in the development of a domainbased integrated knowledge repository to enhance learning outcomes

David Lubliner, George Widmeyer, Fadi P. Deek

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Abstract

The goal of the research was to design and build an organic knowledge repository that had the inherent ability to grow and evolve over time. A design artifact - Constructivist Unifying Baccalaureate Epistemology (CUBE) - was designed and tested to validate the efficacy of this approach. Concept Clustering displayed as a knowledge map was used to display linkages between related concepts. Two models that facilitate this organic nature of the system were developed for this research; a Knowledge Weighting Model and the Aggregation-Integration-Master model. A ranking/voting feature was incorporated which enabled students and faculty to add content to the knowledge base and collectively evaluate the relative weights of conceptual threads. The two design goals of this approach were validated. First, students and faculty were able to enter information that dynamically altered the organization and structure of the knowledge repository. Second, students utilizing the Integrated Knowledge Repository developed a more complex understanding of the interconnected nature of the materials linking a discipline than those students who take conventional single topic courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST '09
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 9 2009
Event4th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST '09 - Philadelphia, CA, United States
Duration: May 7 2009May 8 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST '09

Other

Other4th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, DESRIST '09
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, CA
Period5/7/095/8/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems

Keywords

  • Artifact
  • Design science
  • Integrated knowledge repository
  • Knowledge evolution
  • Learning
  • Presentation layer

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