Towards an ontology-based approach to knowledge management of graduate attributes in higher education

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Knowledge around graduate attributes (GAs) is an area in need of knowledge management strategies. GAs are the qualities and skills that a university agrees its students should develop during their time with the institution. The importance of GAs and ensuring they are embedded and assessed is widely accepted across higher education. This research paper uses Grounded Theory and Network Maps to gain insights into the issues of similarities and differences in the discourse around our sample universities. To cover these two perspectives, we had two researchers involved in data analysis, one with the goal of distilling key ideas and identifying similarities and the other with the goal of untangling and drawing out differences. There is no unified taxonomy of managing GAs. The motivation to create such ontology is to push the standardization process that will enable the connection among academic systems and improve educational workflows, communication, and collaboration between universities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge management and acquisition for intelligent systems
Subtitle of host publication12th Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop, PKAW 2012, Kuching, Malaysia, September 5-6, 2012. Proceedings
EditorsDeborah Richards, Byeong Ho Kang
Place of PublicationBerlin ; New York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783642325410, 9783642325403
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventPacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (12th : 2012) - Kuching, Malaysia
Duration: 5 Sep 20126 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


WorkshopPacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop (12th : 2012)
CityKuching, Malaysia


  • Graduate Attributes
  • Grounded Theory
  • Knowledge Management
  • Ontologies
  • Higher Education


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