ERIC Number: ED445627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Concept Maps for Web-Based Applications. ERIC Technical Report.
Milam, John H., Jr.; Santo, Susan A.; Heaton, Lisa A.
This study examined the use of concept maps for Web-based applications in higher education. The purpose of the project was to design concept maps that could serve as prototypes for navigating and searching Internet resources. It also explored the value of concept mapping as a method of bibliographic retrieval for the ERIC database. Following an extensive literature review, the study compared competing methodologies for developing concept maps; analyzed primary ideas about concept maps; described procedures for developing maps; discussed assumptions about what makes good concept maps for facilitating Internet and print navigation; identified and tested software for developing concept maps; and examined navigation issues for utilizing concept maps. Results suggest concept maps are becoming more widespread in their application to various purposes; software packages have changed significantly since the advent of the Web but none of the software evaluated offered all the necessary features. While concept maps may be quickly created, the resulting maps may not adequately map the knowledge base. Concept maps have much to offer the ERIC system, and a hybrid mix of existing, inexpensive tools may be useful to leverage technology and provide a new user interface. An annotated bibliography is included. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.
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