ERIC Number: ED362145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
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Computer-Based Mapping for Curriculum Development.
Allen, Brockenbrough S.; And Others
This article describes the results of a three-month experiment in the use of computer-based semantic networks for curriculum development. A team of doctoral and master's degree students developed a 1200-item computer database representing a tentative "domain of competency" for a proposed MA degree in Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning (WELL). The team gathered descriptions of knowledge that might be relevant to the proposed degree from state and national reports, existing course syllabi, textbooks, and interviews with subject matter experts. Using SemNet, a Macintosh-based program for constructing and analyzing semantic networks, they explored methods for organizing these decisions as a "map" of related skills and ideas that would in turn serve as a framework for a WELL curriculum. The team explored various methods for using domain maps to define course content, to recommend learning activities, and to provide academic counseling to prospective WELL students. Among the innovative methods for conducting this experiment in curriculum development was the use of computer software for synchronous conferencing, which allowed team members to collaborate in evaluating and integrating domain maps. (Contains 32 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Competency Mapping; Computer Mapping; Curriculum Mapping; Database Development; Domain Analysis; Domain Specifications; Knowledge Maps; Semantic Networks
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (15th, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 13-17, 1993); see IR 016 300.