What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Utilizing Collaborative On-line Concept Mapping to Support Student Learning?

ID: 33203 Type: Brief Paper
  1. David Jackson, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, United States

Thursday, March 10 2:10-2:30 PM

Presider:
Sean Lancaster, Grand Valley State University, United States

During the Fall of 2010, undergraduate education students engaged in constructing concept maps through a collaborative on-line mapping tool as a means to organize their thoughts around their required readings. The on-line mapping tool provided students with the opportunity to collaborate outside of class in processing key concepts in the reading without having to find common meeting times and locations. I learned valuable insights into how I could more effectively incorporate the use of collaborative on-line concept mapping to improve student learning and extend this technology tool to incorporate the use of metaphors to deepen student understanding of key concepts. Students reported that their collaborative engagement with constructing on-line concept maps allowed them to better organize and demonstrate their understanding of the readings. My presentation will layout the implementation process, examples of student work, and student survey results.

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