Digital concept maps for supporting processes of individual knowledge management

[German title: Digitale Concept Maps zur Unterstützung individueller Wissensmanagementprozesse]

Mapping and managing knowledge and information in resource-based learning
Sigmar-Olaf Tergan, Wolfgang Gräber, Anja Neumann
Innovations in Education and Teaching International 
Volume 43, Number 4 / November 2006 
Pages: 327 – 336    
DOI: 10.1080/14703290600973737 

Abstract: In resource-based learning scenarios, students are often overwhelmed by the complexity of task-relevant knowledge and information. Techniques for the external interactive representation of individual knowledge in graphical format may help them to cope with complex problem situations. Advanced computer-based concept-mapping tools have the potential to foster spatial learning strategies and processes of individual knowledge management. In addition, they have the potential to represent not only conceptual knowledge, but also content knowledge about a domain, as well as knowledge resources. The paper analyzes the potential of digital concept maps for supporting processes of individual knowledge management in resource-based learning. After a brief review of the structural, representational, processing, and usability features of digital concept maps, results of empirical research related to the following main management processes are considered: knowledge identification/evaluation, information search, knowledge generation, knowledge representation/organization, knowledge communication, and knowledge use.

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