innovative Knowledge Organization System

Introduction of iKOS

iKOS stands for the innovative Knowledge Organization System. It is a hypertext platform for individuals and/or groups to construct, share and organize knowledge in multimodal representations including text writing, picture tagging, concept mapping and more.

The system has been developed under the leadership of Dr. Ji Shen from Teaching and Learning, University of Miami. Key contributors include Yung Long Li(Software Engineer & Database administrator), Dr. Bahadir Namdar, and Shiyan Jiang, and the Technology-enhanced Interdisciplinary Learning Lab (TILL).


Student [text manual][video tutorial]

Teacher [text manual][video tutorial]


Sample Curriculum

Recent News

  • NSF Award Study using iKOS

  • The project "Integrating STEM and Digital Literacies with Adolescents" was recently funded by the National Science Foundation (award # DRL1713191). The project will investigate science fiction as an effective mechanism to attract and immerse adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds in environmental and human health content and socio-scientific issues.
  • iKOS2.0 released

  • With our team's handwork, the latest iKOS2.0 is released. There are many new features. Check them out!
  • iKOS server at UM

  • We have launched the iKOS server at Univ of Miami:
  • UGA Office of STEM Education Spotlight

  • The iKOS project is featured by the Office of STEM Education Spotlight ( This project is partially funded through the Office. Thank You!
  • New direction

  • iKOS is taking new direction in visualizing the interconnections.