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This is a great tool for both professors and students. Concepts are more clearly undestood in their relationships to other concepts; these relationships are clearly shown by means of concept maps. Often, a single concept map can be shown instead of pages of text or several power point slides - see for instance this example on the exploration of Mars: http://cmex.ihmc.us/CMEX/index.html. This is also advantageous for students to express their ideas, or to synthesize their understanding of a topic or paper. I have found concept maps more useful than and complementary to Mind Maps
Students have no problems with using the tool, but they do have problems learning to draw good concept maps. I have found the following suggestions useful:
1. Draw your maps so that they can be explored left to right and top to bottom. Avoid up-arrows or left-arrows if possible. Avoid line crossings as much as possible
2. Do not leave any relationships unlabelled
3. Nodes should represent Nouns or Noun Phrases as much as possible.
4. As much as possible, each node-relationship-node should read as a well-constructed propositional phrase.
When students draw the maps, have them construct the maps in small teams and then compare in class the different ways of understanding that different teams show.
For ideas of use, search Google for <concept mapping conference>