ERIC Number: EJ778538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 37
Organizing Learning Materials through Hierarchical Topic Maps: An Illustration through Chinese Herb Medication
Shih, B.-J.; Shih, J.-L.; Chen, R.-L.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v23 n6 p477-490 Dec 2007
This research aims to use hierarchical topic maps to compile digital learning material and to discuss its design and application possibilities. The system renders tremendous original assets and then embeds a self-organizing map (SOM) in the material database to produce topical learning materials, as in this case, an illustration through Chinese herb medication. It helps to demonstrate robust professional information as well as knowledge structures, and provides a customized and interactive learning dynamic to support both progressive and constructive learning styles. The paper first gives a detailed procedural description of the material construction, explains how topic map techniques were applied, and observes the implications and potentials of the technology to education. Both the technical and educational evaluations of using SOM topic maps in compilation of learning materials have resulted in positive feedback. SOM allows users to review the complete databank in structural hierarchical order, which provides comprehensive understanding of the entire set of learning materials, and also brings opportunities to users to discover knowledge related to their study area.
Descriptors: Illustrations, Internet, Vertical Organization, Educational Resources, Instructional Materials, Concept Mapping, Medical Research, Courseware, Systems Development, Schematic Studies, Technology Integration, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: China