Metacognition as a concept map

So I have been recently introduced to Concept Mapping using the CmapTools developed by IHMC.

Thinking I should give this a go to see if it assists with understanding the big picture of complex concepts, I put it into action.  I have developed a concept map for metacognition, a topic of discussion in a course I am undertaking around emerging learning technologies.

My concept map follows.

Concept Map for Metacognition

First impression is that it is a slow process to develop the cmap.  Of course this could be related to the fact that I am new to cmapping and the cmapping tool I used.  I do think this type of technology has merit and I’ll persist to see whether any long term value emerges.

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One Response to “Metacognition as a concept map”

  1. Doug Morse Says:

    Try out VUE, Compendium

    You’ll probably find VUE from Tufts a lot easier to use.
    It is freely available, open source software and it is
    very strong on the user interface and presentation side
    of things. VUE also integrates well with Zotero (and
    hence MS Office / OpenOffice). So, if you use your
    maps in a scholarly way, it becomes very strong (N.B.,
    Zotero uses a lot of computer memory and disk space).
    On the negative side, however, in VUE each concept map
    is its own separate file, so integrating and merging maps
    across individuals is not as easy nor well integrated into
    the software. In other words, VUE is not very multi-user,
    at least not yet.

    I find Compendium very good, too. Like CmapTools,
    it enables users to share / integrate / merge maps in
    a very scalable way. Indeed, unlike CmapTools, which
    tends to control the “server” side of the knowledge
    base, Compendium uses either a single-user or a
    shared database (i.e., Apache Derby, MySQL,
    respectively; both free, open source).

    Compendium, in my opinion, also has the best data
    model — and model-view separation — and all the benefits
    this affords. For example, VUE does not allow you to
    nest maps within one another (nor does CmapTools,
    AFAIK), but because of its superior data model,
    Compendium can. Conceptually, this is very important
    for creating larger concept or knowledge spaces, both
    individual and eventually communal (even on a very
    large scale).

    Compendium suffers thought from a less attractive user
    interface. You can customize it a good bit to make it
    more visually appealing, but only to a point and it is
    not especially intuitive or straightforward to do so.

    Being both written in Java and Open Source, I’ve often
    thought a mash-up off the VUE’s UI and presentation
    capabilities with Compendiums data model and back
    end strengths would make for a very nice solution
    indeed.

    Best,
    Doug

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