Thursday, April 29, 2010

"VUE" a tool for helping learning happen.

By Dr. Eduardo Mayorga

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Today we will present a tool that will help your residents move faster on their way on becoming experts. This tool will help them build the concept maps we talked about in our first post and develop schemes and flow diagrams that will aid them to store and retrieve knowledge faster and better.

Following are the definition of schemes (or "schemata") and flow diagrams you can find in Wikipedia:
"The concept of schemata was initially introduced into psychology and education through the work of the British psychologist, Sir Frederic Bartlett (1886–1969). This learning theory views organized knowledge as an elaborate network of abstract mental structures which represent one's understanding of the world."
"A flow diagram is a diagram representing some kind of flow. The most known is the flowchart, but there are more kind of flow diagrams."
Cognitive psychology teaches us that one of the ways that novice doctors start turning into experts is because they start building schemes that help them reach a diagnosis.
Following is a flow chart that represents a scheme on differential diagnosis of anisocoria presented by Eric R Eggenberger.

Conceptual maps and flow charts are very easy to build using tools such as "VUE", an acronym for "Visual Understanding Environment".

"VUE" is a free tool and is a concept and content mapping application, developed to support teaching, learning and research, and for anyone who needs to organize, contextualize, and access digital information. Using a simple set of tools and a basic visual grammar consisting of nodes and links, faculty and students can map relationships between concepts, ideas and digital content.

"VUE" can be downloaded clicking here.

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