Use of concept mapping to integrate the different perspectives of designers and other stakeholders in the development of e-learning materials


Journal Article

Multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders are involved in the production of e-learning materials and all have differing and valuable perspectives. A range of factors such as availability of new learning technologies, pedagogy or the learning market, may direct the design process. This article argues that a constructivist methodology for course design enables a project manager to build on all contributors' perspectives in a "bottom up" rather than a "top down" approach and be aware of any weaknesses and undesirable dominating influences. Concept mapping provided the basis for an e-learning development project at the University of Surrey to develop such a constructivist methodology. The design team and wider stakeholders each produced individual concept maps and were analysed to identify both commonalties and unique contributions that might influence design. The project manager then integrated the individual maps to produce an overall map of the project and found the process valuable for a more critical and holistic approach to directing the project.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hughes, G; Hay, D

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 557 - 569

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-1013

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1467-8535.00225

Citation Source

  • Scopus