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C-Link: a new information search tool. Peter Hartley, Peter Cowling and Stephen Remde [email protected] The software. For background and links, go to: http://conceptlinkage.org/ To go straight to the tool, go to: http ://conceptlinkage.org/clink / NB Version 2 about to go online.

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c link a new information search tool

C-Link: a new information search tool

Peter Hartley, Peter Cowlingand Stephen Remde

[email protected]

the software
The software
  • For background and links, go to:

http://conceptlinkage.org/

  • To go straight to the tool, go to:

http://conceptlinkage.org/clink/

NB Version 2 about to go online.

why bother
Why bother?
  • Students are not making the most of their information searching, especially in the early stages of their courses:
    • Limited range of sources.
    • Limited search strategies.
    • Problems of information overload.
  • Present approaches to searching do not typically cultivate skills of critical analysis or enable dialogue.
  • NB Need more research in this area!
what can c link do
What can C-Link do?
  • Builds a map of relationship between 2 concepts (searching an archived edition of Wikipedia).
  • You can explore the map within C-Link. (move around it/ zoom in and out/ go straight to Wikipedia page)
  • You can export and save the map into freely available concept mapping software (Cmap)
  • You can then modify the map and specify links/add resources.
possible advantages
Possible advantages
  • Discover unknown links and possibilities.
  • Visual map helps to conceptualise relationships.
  • Helps to understand the relationships between concepts that we have never seen before and those with which we are familiar.
  • Can focus search on relevant areas without reading articles on unknown concepts in detail.
a preliminary test
A preliminary test
  • Experimental trial, consisting of 10 tasks, half of which were to be completed using C-­‐Link and the other half using the standard built-­‐in search in Wikipedia.
  • For each of the tasks, the participants had five minutes to find five concepts that provided interesting connections between pairs of given concepts.
  • They were also asked to rate how difficult each task was and how confident they were in their results.
different ways of c link searching
Different ways ofC-Link searching
  • A against A.
    • Can use to explore definitions by identifying related concepts.
  • A against B.
    • Identify links.
    • Explore an area
    • Suggest new avenues.
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Demo
  • For background and links, go to:

http://conceptlinkage.org/

  • To go straight to the tool, go to:

http://conceptlinkage.org/clink/

NB Version 2 about to go online.

using c link search in learning and teaching
Using C-Link search in learning and teaching
  • Offer the facility to staff and students
  • Use searches as a basis for discussion
  • Edit the searches with Cmap as exercise or as basis for class discussion/posting/online dialogue.
development and potential
Developmentand potential?
  • Industrial/commercial development ongoing.
  • Need to build user community for education.
  • Potential for research?
  • Need to link to other databases.
and the barrier
And the barrier …
  • The classic project issue – a very useful and flexible tool but limited funding for further development and community building.
  • Suggestions most welcome!
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