Publications & Resources

Linking Assessment and Instruction Using Ontologies

Jul 2006

Eva L. Baker, Gregory K. W. K. Chung, Girlie C. Delacruz, Gary B. Dionne, and William L. Bewley

In this study we report on a test of a method that uses ontologies to individualize instruction by directly linking assessment results to the delivery of relevant content. Our sample was 2nd Lieutenants undergoing entry-level training on rifle marksmanship. Our test of this approach appears feasible and promising. The Bayesian network appeared to be successful in identifying knowledge gaps, and relevant and targeted content was served to Marines. Learning appeared to be occurring at a faster rate over time for Marines who received targeted instruction compared to Marines in a control group. Implications are discussed.

Baker, E. L., Chung, G. K. W. K., Delacruz, G. C., Dionne, G. B., & Bewley, W. L. (2006). Linking assessment and instruction using ontologies (CSE Report 693). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).