Using tag-clouds for supporting reflection in self-organised learning
by Christian Glahn, Marcus Specht, Rob Koper
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (IJTEL), Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011

Abstract: This article reports on a qualitative study about the application of tag clouds for supporting meta-cognition in self-directed and incidental learning. Tag clouds are a popular and simple visualisation of the usage of free form keywords on the internet. The present study analyses the use of the ReScope system that provides a personal tag cloud visualisation of the tags that are used at a public social bookmarking service. ReScope is based on a reflection support use case developed by the TENCompetence project. The study focuses at the types of meta-cognitive control based on reflection notes of the learners. These notes were analysed regarding the contents of the reflections as well as regarding their meta-cognitive type. The study has two important outcomes. Firstly, a personal tag cloud can stimulate reflection on the tagging activity of a learner. Secondly, reflecting on the tagging activity is not built into the design of a tag cloud.

Online publication date: Thu, 26-Feb-2015

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