A Web-Based Knowledge Hub for Special and Inclusive Education


  • Vincenza Benigno Council of National Research
  • Nicola Capuano University of Salerno
  • Giuseppina Rita Mangione National Institute of Educational Documentation, Innovation and Research




digital repositories, recommender systems, adaptive learning, special education


The need of a common environment where to share information and knowledge is of particular interest in the field of special education not only to support the access to a large amount of available information (along with the ability to derive value from this information) but also to foster synergistic actions involving different special education operators. In this paper we present the results of a research aimed at defining a Web-based environment for special edu-cation providing, to operators of the field, personalized in-formation and digital assets covering both their expressed and latent information needs. Offered personalization features are based on the definition and the implementation of a hybrid recommender system based on a mix of cognitive and collaborative approaches, the first based on the similarities among digital objects, the latter leveraging on similarities among user profiles. By combining these two approaches the system is able to provide meaningful but not obvious recommendations with a fair level of serendipity. The encouraging results of an experimentation with real users are also reported.

Author Biographies

Vincenza Benigno, Council of National Research

Institute for Educational Technology

Nicola Capuano, University of Salerno

Department of Computer and Electric Engineering and Applied Mathematics - Scientific Officer




How to Cite

Benigno, V., Capuano, N., & Mangione, G. R. (2015). A Web-Based Knowledge Hub for Special and Inclusive Education. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 10(7), pp. 5–13. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v10i7.4608



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