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Surveys on Pen-based techniques, Concept Maps, and Learning styles

           Pen based techniques

      The new generation of handheld computers and input devices (e.g. the Tablet PC), plus the recent advances in web annotation technologies, allow novel, more realistic interactions with instructional contents, enabling activities such as hand-written notetaking and graphical annotation of documents and images within the same integrated medium, while also affording the benefit of mobility. These technologies offer unique educational opportunities where graphical interaction can be used by learners to collaborate via multimodal channels or to obtain novel types of feedback.


           Concept maps

      Concept maps graphically illustrate relationships between information. In a concept map, two or more concepts are linked by words that describe their relationship. Concept maps encourage understanding by helping students organize and enhance their knowledge on any topic. They help students learn new information by integrating each new idea into their existing body of knowledge. As a learning tool, concept maps can contribute to meaningful learning by knowledge capture, knowledge representation, integration of new knowledge with existing one and even knowledge elicitation.


           Learning styles

      Learning styles are “characteristic cognitive, affective, and psychological behaviors that serve as relatively stable indicators of how learners perceive, interact with, and respond to the learning environment” [3]. Students are characterized by different learning styles, respond well to different types of information and favor different ways of acquiring new knowledge. Several learning style models have been developed over the years, some of which have been the subject of studies in the engineering education literature. Among these models, we have selected the Felder and Silverman model for its accuracy and simplicity but also because we have considered it as being appropriate for Computer Science students. More.


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