Universitat de les Illes Balears: Use of Concept Maps as Learning Folders

As a research project within the Innovative Teaching Project “Student-Centered Learning and Assessment Strategies using Technology as a Bridge for the Transfer of Knowledge and to Connect Formal and Informal Learning” being carried out at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Mallorca, Spain, the ‘Grupo de Tecnología Educativa’ (Educational Technology Group) led by Prof. Jesús Salinas, proposes the Learning Folder as a tool to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge and for learning assessment. The objective of the project is to develop and evaluate learning strategies based on the personal learning environment and the personal learning network beginning with the creation of contents, collaboration, and information management. To evaluate the use of concept maps for the development of the Learning Folder, undergraduate elementary-education students from the third course (Technological and Media Resources in the Teaching-Learning Process in Elementary School), working in groups, will choose the tool to use for the development of the Learning Folder from a set that includes CmapTools. To evaluate the use of concept maps as a Learning Folder, followup will take place at the beginning, middle, and end of the course, which will include an analysis of the concept maps and their contents, and students are asked to respond to an evaluation survey.

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