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Knowledge Tree Activities (KTA): A Visual and Conceptual Metaphor for Organizing Knowledge in an Online Learning Environment
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, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This presentation is a best practice example of facilitating learning in an online course. One of the challenges that faculty new to teaching online face is helping learners manage the volume of information encountered in the environment. Generative strategies such as summarizing and questioning, promote deep understanding by prompting learners to put learning material in their own words, distill its main message, and relate it with other knowledge (Mayer, 2002). Knowledge Tree Activities (KTA) is a generative strategy in which class members collaboratively ‘grow a knowledge tree’ in the class wiki. KTA divides learning tasks into three major activities that form the three branches of the tree, including: 1) a glossary of terms; 2) generating one comment and one question from an assigned reading; and 3) responding to a classmate’s question or a comment. In an end of course evaluation, students believed they learned from all except the glossary activity.

Citation

Aworuwa, B. (2010). Knowledge Tree Activities (KTA): A Visual and Conceptual Metaphor for Organizing Knowledge in an Online Learning Environment. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 604-606). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 21, 2019 from .

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