Creating Concept Maps: Integrating Constructivism Principles into Online Classes

Brent Muirhead, International Journal of Instructional Technology, Distance Learning, Jan 24, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Am I a morally good person? It's a question I often ask myself - not because I habitually commit evil acts, but because morality is something I still don't fully understand, which in turn leads me to wonder whether what I say and do is morally right. Uncertainty is the constant companion of reflection, I guess. My moral dilemmas won't be solved by the discussion in this paper, but the framework offered by Brent Muirhead - an examination of good character - serves as a nice example for the constructivist use of concept maps in a class. Questions of ethics and morality are, I think, some of the clearest instances where learning must be, in the end, personal learning. Other articles from the current issue of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning are now online as well.
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