Amado begins almost all projects with concept mapping and Collaborative Knowledge modeling, and provides these services to Engineering, Computing and Florida International University. The reason for this is listed in the bulleted items below.
A concept map is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. Concept mapping is a technique for visualizing the relationships among different concepts. Concept maps are used to stimulate the generation of ideas, and are believed to aid creativity. Concept maps are widely used in education and business for:
- Collaborative knowledge modeling and the transfer of expert knowledge
- New knowledge creation: e.g., transforming tacit knowledge into an organizational resource, mapping team knowledge
- Facilitating the creation of shared vision and shared understanding within a team or organization
- Instructional design: concept maps used as Ausubelian “advance organizers” which provide an initial conceptual frame for subsequent information and learning.
- Training: concept maps used as Ausubelian “advanced organizers” to represent the training context and its relationship to their jobs, to the organization’s strategic objectives, to training goals.
- Increasing meaningful learning:
- Communicating complex ideas and arguments:
- Examining the symmetry of complex ideas and arguments and associated terminology:
- Detailing the entire structure of an idea, train of thought, or line of argument (with the specific goal of exposing faults, errors, or gaps in one’s own reasoning) for the scrutiny of others.
- Enhancing metacognition (learning to learn, and thinking about knowledge)
- Improving language ability (wikipedia)
- Digitally Driven Creative Problem Solving
Example list of knowledge maps: http://gsl.eng.fiu.edu/GSL_CKM.htm