CMAP Center

The IHMC Cmap Tools software lets users construct, navigate, share, and criticize knowledge models represented as Concept Maps. These concept maps can be saved in a public space for easy access. Users can edit concept maps collaboratively in real time from remote locations. When collaborating on concept maps, students have the unique ability to respond to each other’s ideas immediately. This means that misconceptions about relationships between concepts can be addressed in real time. In addition, students can build on ideas together, which encourages the acceptance of alternative views. This approach to learning can deepen students’ understanding of the material. Collaborating with Cmap Tools also caters to a diverse group of learners; the intimidation of speaking up in front of the class is erased. It is replaced by a group effort to create a concept map that reflects a little bit of each student.