Computer supported concept maps: excellent tools for enhancing library workshop presentations
May Y. Chau, Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian, The Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-4501, 541-737-0565, firstname.lastname@example.org
LIBRES Volume 8, Issue 2 (September 1998)
Computer supported concept maps are very effective visual aids for library instructional workshops. These visual aids help presenters meet the common workshop challenges of time constraint and diverse audience groups. Concept maps themselves represent information in a simple way, allowing audiences to visualize concepts and their inter-relationships quickly without lengthy textual explanations. When these maps are enhanced by the special features of computer software, they can be presented in a smoothly transiting sequence. In addition, these computerized maps can be randomly accessed so that a particular map can be displayed out of the scheduled sequence if the situation requires. Finally, all computerized maps can be installed locally on the current instructional workstation, consequently helping to reduce some risks of disruptions during presentation.