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Topic Maps as Indexing Tools for E-Learning: Exploring Graduate Learners’ Academic Self-Regulatory Processes
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, , Concordia University, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

There is a paucity of research on the use of topic map (ISO 13250, 2002) technologies in the educational field. This paper reports on the conception, development and implementation of a topic map-based index for a neo-corpus of instructor-annotated graduate student essays. The essays were navigated by 28 learners from three different sessions of a graduate e-learning course with the aim of improvement of performance on an ill-structured writing assignment. This paper also posits that the theoretical platform for the design of the topic map-based neo-corpus lies in the intersection of cognitive information processing and cognitive information retrieval theories. Analyses of data collected suggest that learners who had lower domain knowledge benefited most from the use of the topic map. Interviews demonstrated the variety of ways that learners engaged in non-traditional forms of learner-learner and learner-instructor interactions in online workspaces.

Citation

Venkatesh, V. & Shaw, S. (2007). Topic Maps as Indexing Tools for E-Learning: Exploring Graduate Learners’ Academic Self-Regulatory Processes. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 6634-6643). Quebec City, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 16, 2019 from .

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