Title: Ninth International Concept Mapping Conference
Date: 26-28 September 2022
Venue: Malta and online
On 26-28 September 2022, the University of Malta will be hosting CMC2022, the Ninth International Concept Mapping Conference in collaboration with the Institute for Human Machine & Cognition (IHMC), Florida, the University of Tallinn, Estonia and the Concept Mapping Academy. Please find the link to the conference website. This conference is held biennially and counts on an attendance of the world’s leading exponents of Concept Mapping. The primary aim of this conference will be to showcase, share and promote worldwide prevalent research and innovation in the use of Concept Mapping. This conference will bring together, educators, researchers, scientists & entrepreneurs who use Concept Maps from all parts of the world. Cmaps are highly effective in organising knowledge which is necessary for organisations/industry, to capture, manage, create and transfer information and knowledge.
Furthermore, Concept Maps are widely used in educational settings since they convey at a glance how learners are developing their knowledge and understanding. They are a powerful and effective metacognitive tool so as to empower active student participation during the learning process. When using CMaps in the classroom, educators and students alike will become aware of what the learners know, whether they have any misconceptions and how well they are developing their understanding. In this way, teachers would be in a better position to mentor and coach the development of the learner rather than shape the learner into a one-size-fits all learning environment.
Consequently, this would be challenging the transmission model of education and the passive role of learners therefore contributing to learners becoming more reflective, critical and creative thinkers. It is also worth mentioning that Concept Maps are not only used in educational settings such as for learning and teaching strategies, a means of evaluation or assessment, a curricular or research design tool but also in organisations and businesses such as decision-making companies, science and technology, medical education, engineering, in military settings, government such as the US Defence Department and even space explorations by NASA.
For the past couple of years, the IHMC (Institute for Human Machine and Cognition) has been developing CmapTools, a client-server based software kit that is designed to facilitate and support the construction of Concept Maps by users of all ages and to enable collaboration and sharing during that process. This software facilitates the construction of Concept Maps just as a word processor supports the task of writing a text. It allows different kinds of resources such as, images, videos, word documents, web pages etc... to be added to the Concept Map and is available in many languages and is used extensively throughout the world. What makes it even more worth investing in is that its use is absolutely free!
Please register via the online form and select one workshop date by not later than Wednesday 20 September 2022.