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Making Connections - Concept Mapping for EM Learning & Assessment Toolkit
Updated: 1/27/2023 12:18 PM by Juan Cruz
A self-guided faculty development workshop and toolkit to learn how to develop and lead your students through a concept mapping exercise and assess EM.

Although there has been a considerable increase in entrepreneurially-minded learning (EML) within engineering education, assessment of EM may be challenging. Concept maps (cmaps) are a direct assessment method that can provide a snapshot of students’ conceptual understanding of EM. A cmap provides a visual representation of an individual’s understanding of a topic through the use of nodes (concepts) and links (connections between concepts).

This research-based toolkit provides an introduction to designing concept map assignments and scoring the cmaps to assess EML in your undergraduate engineering courses. The toolkit includes short videos, instructional guides for instructors and students, case studies, and templates that (1) introduce concept maps as an EML teaching and learning tool, (2) illustrate four types of concept map activities, (3) demonstrate multiple concept map scoring approaches, and (4) share lessons learned from implementing EM concept maps in different types of engineering courses (e.g., statics, first-year design, technical writing elective) across five different institutions.

The modules and resources are available on the EM Concept Map Toolkit site.

Learning Objectives
  1. Explain what a concept map (cmap) is and how cmaps work as both a learning and assessment tool for EML. 
  2. Identify a type of concept mapping activity that could be integrated into one of their courses. 
  3. Compare different ways to score concept maps. 
  4. Extract and adapt information from the EML Concept Mapping Toolkit to assist with designing and implementing cmaps in engineering courses.
Instructor Tips
Download the CmapTools (TM) software or mobile app to your tablet or laptop. Then you can practice with the software during the learning modules.

  • Demonstrate constant curiosity about our changing world
  • Integrate information from many sources to gain insight
Creating Value
  • Identify unexpected opportunities to create extraordinary value
  • Create Model or Prototype
  • Identify Opportunity
  • Investigate Market
  • Communicate Societal Benefits
Categories & Tags
  • Classroom & Courses
  • Engineering Unleashed Resources
  • concept maps
  • assessment
  • toolkit
  • Comprehensive
We would like to thank the Kern Family Foundation for their generous support of this work.
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