The Concept Map Authoring Tool is a web-based tool that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) instructors use to author and visualize concept maps for their courses. Different color and shaped nodes represent topics, course outcomes, learning activities, and media elements. By clicking and dragging, users can create and connect nodes and arrange them on the screen. In addition, maps can be loaded from a MIT backend service or created by pasting outlines.
MIT developed a Core Concept Catalog (MC3) software service to help the MIT community manage and share information about curricular topics, learning goals, and related content concerning disciplines and subjects of the Institute. Because MC3 is a software service without a user interface, MIT approached Atomic Jolt to create a Concept Map Authoring Tool (CMAT) that would facilitate authoring and help instructors better understand the relationship between elements of the catalog.
BOTTOM LINE: MIT instructors now have a simple-to-use interface as requested. The next steps are to integrate CMAT into MIT's campuswide single sign-on service and work towards wider adoption.