eLmaps: An Educational Software Application Based on Principles of Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Science

By Michael Tang, Toan Tran, Hyo-Jeong Kim, Andrew Hund and Karen Knaus.

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This paper describes a new educational software application, eLmaps (efficient Learning maps). The application is part of a cognitive development educational system currently being developed by researchers at the University of Colorado Denver to increase the reading and thinking skills of high school and undergraduate level STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students. The educational software consists of: 1) a set of educational materials that emphasize the process of learning through logical and coherent structures that mirror basic thinking processes; 2) a learning method with multi-media materials centered on visual learning maps and critical-thinking principles; and 3) the integration of a strong reading and writing component to reinforce the development of thinking skills. The eLmaps application involves teaching high school and undergraduate college students how to use a set of visual learning maps to construct knowledge as they read and learn from complex STEM texts. The paper further suggests that student use of the eLmaps application may prove to be an extremely powerful computer-aided educational intervention because of key cognitive linguistic and cognitive science principles inherent in design.

Keywords: Educational Software, eLearning, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Epistemology

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.49-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.051MB).

Michael Tang

Professor, Adjunct, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, USA

Michael Tang is the Founder and Senior Partner of VERI Books, LLD with the mission of preserving and redefining literacy in a multi-media culture and society dominated by the information technologies and the World Wide Web. He is also adjunct associate professor and senior lecturer in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he teaches courses in Science, Technology and Society (STS) and conducts research on the impact of new technologies on culture and society. He attended Whittier College in California and graduated with a Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Toan Tran

Colorado State University, USA

Toan Tran is an associate software engineer at Raytheon Corporation in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He, Michael Tang and Matthew L. Tang are the lead programmers behind the eTutor software application. Tran will return to Denver Colorado in the Summer of 2013 to begin graduate studies in computer science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Toan graduated at the top of his class in computer science at the University of Colorado Denver and place 2nd nationally in university computer science entrance exams in Vietnam before transferring to the University of Colorado.

Hyo-Jeong Kim

PhD Candidate, Business School, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, USA

Kim Hyo-Jeong is an adjunct faculty at University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver. She finished her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from University of Colorado Denver. Her scholarly interests range widely from the impact of information technology on business to marketing, government, and education. She has been involved in many IT research projects as a programmer developing the web based information system for improving task performance.

Andrew Hund

United Arab Emirates University, USA

Andrew Hund is an assistant professor of sociology at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. His research interests include development of educational materials, women’s studies and health disparities of cultural groups. Andrew earned a doctorate in the areas of Sociology and Gerontology from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

Karen Knaus

Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, USA

Karen Knaus is an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include the development of educational materials that improve the logical, connective and creative thinking abilities of college students. Other interests include shared leadership, collaboration, co-mentoring and family life. Previously, Karen served as a research fellow at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Exams Institute. Karen’s doctoral work specialized in computational/theoretical chemistry and she received her doctorate in the area of Clinical/BioAnalytical chemistry from Cleveland State University in Ohio.

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