Using an E-learning System with Integrated Concept Maps to Improve Conceptual Understanding

Yi-Ming Kao, Gloria; Kuan-Chieh Chen; Chuen-Tsai Sun
June 2010
International Journal of Instructional Media;2010, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p151
Academic Journal
The authors address the role of an e-learning system for building self-awareness of the concept learning process, with students improving their learning outcomes as reflected in redrawn concept maps. An integrated concept mapping system (lCMSys) to build student self-awareness of conceptual structures is proposed. This paper describes the lCMSys design and how it can be used by teachers to beneñt students in conceptual learning. Also depicted is how artiñcial intelligence techniques can be used to provide flexibility in integrating similar concept nodes from different maps, according to various instructional needs. The lCMSys accommodates selected peer ideas in integrated concept map (lCMap) representations and offers a convenient interface for making comparisons so as to lower the cognitive load of learners and facilitate reflective thinking or concept introspection. A preliminary study was performed to assess if students' conceptual understanding improved.


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