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When metadata becomes content, and authoring learning by Wilbert Kraan, CETIS Via : EdTechUK

Topic Maps are a means of capturing knowledge (as opposed to information) about a certain field. Rather than merely listing facts, it enables people to model how they think bits of information relate to each other.


Yet the use of topic maps in education goes beyond the functions usually associated with metadata. A hint of that is evident in the fact that the prototype TM4L (”Topic Maps for Education”) editor has a facility for creating LOM records for the topic map itself. This is not surprising when considering that it is perfectly possible to make a topic map that essentially models a domain without any direct reference to resources outside of it.

As a content type, its use is akin to making notes when studying: a means to relate and process knowledge. The Brainbank application is mostly aimed at that kind of use by individual learners, and early indications of research into its use by secondary school pupils indicates that it does have a positive effect on such metacognitive skills.

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October 1st, 2004 at 9:53 pm

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