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Concept Map Software (CMAP) Version 3

Concept Map Software (CMAP) Version 3

The IHMC Concept Mapping Software empowers users to construct, navigate, share, and criticize knowledge models represented as Concept Maps. The recently released Version 3 of CmapTools takes concept mapping to a new level, providing a powerful means for collaboratively creating, organizing, evaluating, and sharing knowledge models distributed on a growing collection of servers throughout the world, or on your private server. Among a large set of new features, a redesigned, simple user interface enables users to share their knowledge and link their concept maps to those of others with simple drag-and-drop operations. The synchronous collaboration tool allows geographically dispersed participants to concurrently work on the same Cmap, and see the others' changes in real time. The act of storing a Cmap on a CmapTools server actually stores a copy as a Web page, making it fast and automatic to share your Cmap(s) in an easily viewable, read-only form to the world at large. Styles make it easy to give a common look to a set of concept maps, including background images. In addition to English, this new version brings a user interface in Italian and Portuguese (other languages are in the works). The ability to search throughout all concept maps in servers across the world and resources (images, web pages, etc.) on the Web provides the power to change how users retrieve information: the tool leverages the topology and semantics of the concept map to retrieve from the Web and concept map index servers only resources that are relevant to the content of the user?s map. IHMCs CmapTools is being used by thousands of users from corporations, government entities, universities and schools since the early 1990s. Users include NASA, the US Navy, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Department of Defense, and thousands of teachers and students from universities and schools from over 150 countries. It has been shown to be an effective mechanism to capture and share the tacit knowledge of experts, as well as a powerful assessment and collaboration tool in schools. The CmapTools software continues to be free for non-for-profit, educational use.


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Samantha Skura
Samantha Skura (Student)
8 years ago
This program has so much to offer. Not only is it easy to use, it is so versatile, it can be used for anything. It is a wonderful way to help organize data. This program doesn’t just allow you to make connections between pieces of data, but it requires you to think “why is this related?” This is especially useful in a classroom setting. Can run a little slow if too many things are open on your machine, but this is easily remedied.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 3 days
Dr. Troy Tenhet
Dr. Troy Tenhet (Faculty)
14 years ago
Wow! I like this. I wish I had seen it before my presentation a few weeks ago to Delano Unified. I was trying to teach them language acquisition via the concept map. Great link!
Judith Graham
Judith Graham (Faculty)
16 years ago
I spent several hours with this site and its concepts. By the end of the term, I
had attempted a mapping activity with each of my classes as an instructional
tool as well as a learning tool. Great option for visual learners who may not
rely upon traditional outlining techniques.

Technical Remarks:

Initially, I found the site's spatial arrays very disorienting. After a few
minutes of exploration, it became reasonably user-firendly.
Used in course? Yes
Juan A. Marin-Garcia
17 years ago
Very easy to use. I will probe it with my students the Next curse.
The support for collaborative Cmaps development is very interesting.

Technical Remarks:

I couldn't see the Information/notes when I exported the map to HTML (ths coudl
be an improvement for future versions)
Marty Cielens
Marty Cielens (Faculty)
18 years ago
Once you get past the obvious charm of this program, you discover a remarkable
depth of potential. I have been using Cmaps for some years now as a problem
visualisation and solutions conceptualisation tool (got that!). My most
remarkable discovery was the a??linkinga?? statement. I have used many mind
mapping tools, but this is the first one to really force me to think about the
relationships between concepts rather than using it to map discrete ideas. Using
it as intended imposes a remarkable degree of discipline on my ideas maps and
forces me to challenge assumptions about the issue or problem under examination.

I have also begun experimenting with it as a knowledge mapping tool a??
something that its originators have already explored. The results so far are
very promising.

The other great feature of this application is being able to use it as a
display/presentation tool. It exports to html and produces an output that I have
used to successfully present at conferences and workshops.

Its capacity for enhancing teaching and learning experiences is excellent. I
have used it with colleagues as a planning tool and can see its potential in the
classroom for collaborative learning and assessment.

One of the strengths of this program is that the features do not get in the way
of its prime purpose. It is simple to use and I hope it stays that way.

Technical Remarks:

Very easy to instal and set up. Tends to run a little slow on lower-end
machines, but this is managed by keeping number of concurrent applications open
to a minimum.
Used in course? Yes
Christian Crane
Christian Crane (Student)
19 years ago
Good information for constructing Concept Maps.
Used in course? Yes