CmapTools and its use in education

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Research to date acknowledges the efficiency of concept maps as a pedagogy to facilitate meaningful learning, yet in this digital era, there has been a growing interest in computer-supported concept map building and its educational benefits. IHMC CmapTools is a software tool that empowers users to build their knowledge using concept maps, to share and to publish them. The aim of this investigation is to report the results of the analysis of the use of CmapTools as a potential pedagogical approach for teaching and learning in different educational contexts, including the studies of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at the university.
The relevant literature used for this investigation was identified by searching several multidisciplinary and subject-related online databases. To this end, 23 selected publications have been analysed. The present investigation discusses the concept, the features and theoretical underpinnings of CmapTools, as well as reports on the research regarding its educational value and use in different educational contexts, including ESP studies at the university.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-640
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • CmapTools
  • computer-supported concept mapping
  • educational Web 2.0 technologies
  • English for Specific Purposes

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