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This weblog focuses on locating, evaluating, discussing, and providing guidelines to instructional resources for faculty and students in higher education. The emphasis is on free, shared, HE resources. Related topics and news (about commercial resources, K-12 resources, T&D resources, educational technology, digital libraries, distance learning, open source software, metadata standards, cognitive mapping, etc.) will also be discussed--along with occasional excursions into more distant miscellaneous topics in science, computing, and education. The EduResources Weblog operates in conjunction with a broader weblog called The Open Learner about using open knowledge resources across a diversity of subjects, levels, and interests for a wide range of learners and learning communities--students in schools and colleges, home schoolers, hobbyists, vocational learners, retirees, and others.

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

This posting extends the discussion of concept mapping, cognitive mapping, and topic maps by introducing another tool, the IHMC Concept Map Software. IHMC CMS is available for free downloads and use by educational, non-profit institutions; the software works on Windows, Mac, Solaris, and Linux platforms. An online Tutorial is availale to orient the new user to the software features.

The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition at the University of West Florida developed and supports the software. Sample CMaps are provided at the web site, plus extensive information about concept maps from the work of Dr. Joseph Novak and others in the field of cognitive psychology: "Concept maps are tools for organizing and representing knowledge. They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, and relationships between concepts or propositions, indicated by a connecting line between two concepts. Words on the line specify the relationship between two concepts" (p. 1 from "The Theory Underling Concept Maps and How to Construct Them," Novak, http://cmap.coginst.uwf.edu/info/).

IHMC refers to their Concept Map Software as a "knowledge construction toolkit." CMS fits within the overall field of knowledge mapping and knowledge management although it emerges much more from the field of cognitive psychology than from the field of computer science. The merging and reconciliation of tools and ideas from multiple fields is one of the the challenges of current thinking about mapping.
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