Idea Thread Mapper (ITM) Released in Both English and Chinese

Funded by a NSF Cyberlearning research grant,  Drs. Jianwei Zhang, Mei-Hwa Chen, and their team recently created a timeline-based collective knowledge mapping tool– Idea Thread Mapper (ITM). It can help members of knowledge building communities to engage in formative  reflection on idea progress in extended online discourse. Each line of inquiry focusing on a shared principal theme is represented as an idea thread, extending from the first to the last discourse entry. Reflecting on the diverse, unfolding idea threads  helps students to understand the conceptual landscape of their collaborative work and envision opportunities for deeper contribution and collaboration. We have been testing ITM-aided collaborative reflection in Grade 3 and 5/6 classrooms in Canada, China, and Albany, NY,  with positive impact on sustained knowledge building.

Users of any Knowledge Forum (KF) database can access ITM from within KF or through the following ITM portal, using their KF username and password.

English versionhttp://tccl.rit.albany.edu:8080/ITM

Chinese versionhttp://tccl.rit.albany.edu:8080/itmcn

For more info, see: ITM: Idea Thread Mapper

 

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