Mapping Conceptual Change: A Unique Approach for Measuring the Impact of Virtual Learning

By Gregory MacKinnon and Jon Saklofske.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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An English literature professor in a liberal arts university has supplemented his lectures and assigned reading of “The Natural Daughter” with a virtual environment where students can experience salient aspects of the culture of the time. In an effort to assess the impact of the virtual environment on learning,the professor has worked closely with an Education Professor to design a systematic approach for using concept mapping to monitor cognitive growth.

Keywords: Virtual Learning, Assessment of Technology Impact, English Literature, Collaborative Research, Concept Mapping, Conceptual Change

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.77-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.558MB).

Dr. Gregory MacKinnon

Professor of Science & Technology Education, School of Education, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Academic Background: BSc Chemistry; PhD Biorganic Chemistry ; BEd (Science & Math Education); MEd (Science and Technology Education) Recent Publications include: MacKinnon G. & Aylward, M.L. (2009). Models for building knowledge in a technology-rich setting: Teacher education. Canadian Journal of Learning & Technology 35(1). MacKinnon, G. & Provencal, V. (2009). Concept mapping as a means to stimulate thematic analysis in higher education: A study of Greek gods. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society 5(3), 61-74. MacKinnon, G. (2009). Electronic concept mapping in a laptop university: A cross-curricular study in Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2009 (C. Maddux (Ed.)) 223-238. MacKinnon, G. & Cook-MacKinnon, P. (2008). Supporting institutional change; The case of a laptop university initiative. Journal of the World Universities Forum 1(2), 147-154. MacKinnon, G. (2007). A decade of laptop computers: The impact on the pedagogy of university faculty. Journal of Instruction Delivery Systems 21(3), 7-20.

Dr. Jon Saklofske

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

BA (English Literature) MA (English Literature), PhD (English Literature)