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Bridging the gap between Information Science and Learning Theory using Topic Maps


By murray - Posted on 20 March 2007

Current eLearning practices rely, rather narrowly, on theories of learning and educational psychology to build platforms for creating sound online instruction. However, with the integration of indexing technologies, most notably, Topic Maps (ISO 13250) into eLearning applications (see Venkatesh et al., 2007, in press), it has become necessary for online instructional designers to take into account theories of cognitive information retrieval to better support the organization of and search for relevant information in a corpus containing learning resources. In this presentation, I provide a description of a case study on the design, development and longitudinal evaluation of a topic map used by 28 graduate learners who took an eLearning course with me between February 2006 and November 2006.