Concept Mapping Tools (CTE731)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Location: EV1 241 Notes: Open to faculty (registration is required)

Description: Concept Mapping Tools allow a user to visually represent a complex system of interrelations. Studies have shown that concept maps can improve student learning outcomes. Online concept maps can include images and links to external resources. Some concept mapping platforms are dynamic: that is, branches of the concept map can be opened or closed with a click, in order to reveal or conceal parts of it. Some concept mapping platforms also include a feature that allows the concept map to be turned into a presentation that can viewed in several different sequences. This workshop will refer to four concept mapping tools by way of contradistinction, but will focus primarily on demonstrating the functionality of CmapTools.

Learning Outcomes: After the session, participants will be able to:

  • distinguish four different concept mapping tools
  • create a sophisticated concept map using CmapTools
  • explain how instructors can use concept maps as an effective presentation tool
  • develop concept map assignments for students that will enhance their learning. 

Additional Resources: 

Note: Part of this workshop will be hands on: participants should bring a laptop PC, and should either download and install CmapTools prior to the workshop or be prepared to do so during the workshop.

Facilitator: Monica Vesely (CTE)


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