'Please Argue, I Could Be Wrong': a Reasonable Fallible Analyser for Student Concept Maps
Tom Conlon, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Concept mapping is a powerful learning technique that can be enhanced by computer technology. Software tools are already available for the preparation of concept maps but few systems exist that provide feedback on their content. The claim made by this paper is that by enlisting the student as an assessment partner, computer-based feedback becomes both feasible and useful. The paper reports the development of a software analyser, named the RFA, for formatively assessing student concept maps. The analyser is fallible: many of its assessments will be initially incorrect. Crucially however, it is also reasonable: the student is able to argue for a more favourable assessment. Preliminary evaluation suggests that the RFA does stimulate students to reflect on the quality of their concept maps.
Conlon, T. (2004). 'Please Argue, I Could Be Wrong': a Reasonable Fallible Analyser for Student Concept Maps. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1299-1306). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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