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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park, Sam Hunting

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What the Research Suggests about Knowledge Representation and Learning

Students Learn from Semantic Networks

Since 1998, 6,500 students voluntarily took elective Internet-based courses that use SemNet as a primary medium of instruction [Fisher and Logan 2001]. Students discovered the availability of these courses by hearing about them from other students or by independent exploration on the Internet. Among this entire student population, there was not a single student who asked, “How do I read this knowledge display?” This was true of both American and foreign students taking the courses. The sheer numbers of students suggest that knowledge web representations are intuitive, accessible, comprehensible, and self-evident, although some time may ...

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