Efficient Learning Maps (eLms) ©: a software application to learn and teach Visual Logic Maps (vLms) © with preliminary assessment results
Michael Tang, Yiming Zhao, Karen Knaus, University of Colorado Denver, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper presents the results of preliminary assessments of a Visual Logic Maps (vLms) learning system, an intervention method to teach college students the construction of concept maps with the goal of improving their higher order thinking skills in STEM disciplines. Preliminary studies have shown that hand drawn Visual Logic Maps may improve higher-order thinking skills. In addition to presenting the results of these experiments the paper describes an ancillary software application, Efficient Learning Maps © that constructs Visual Logic Maps and can be used as an education technology to teach students how to use these maps more effectively. Using a mapping engine to construct the concept Visual Logic Maps successfully may result in an education intervention technology that will help underprepared STEM students increase their thinking skills and increase academic achievement on the pre-college and university level.
Tang, M., Zhao, Y. & Knaus, K. (2013). Efficient Learning Maps (eLms) ©: a software application to learn and teach Visual Logic Maps (vLms) © with preliminary assessment results. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 95-106). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).