Monday, December 20, 2010

Debategraph: supporting critical thinking, visually

From Instructional design fusion

Debategraph is a collaborative visualization tool that allows learners to develop, share, and critically examine ideas.

The mission of the Debategraph team:

Our goal is to create a new kind of public service that enables local and global communities of people to think together by collaboratively building and editing comprehensive and succinct maps of complex debates that accurately present all sides of the debate from a neutral standpoint, free of repetitive clutter and ‘noise’….

….The maps are multi-dimensional to reflect the nuances of real debate rather than being limited to one-dimensional for and against arguments—and can be clustered into overlapping debates.

The goal of a Debate graph project isn’t necessarily for groups of people to reach a consensus but to create understanding and critical thinking about the nuances of a problem.

The technology (or what are my powers)

When you register to use Debategraph, you’re able to create, edit, comment on, and rate debatemaps. The look of a Debategraph map is similar to many of the mindmaps you’ve seen, but the feel is quite different. Maps are loaded with functionality as demonstrated in this short video.


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