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# Lesson 1.3 Describe Purpose and Characteristics of Causal Maps

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• ### Lesson 1.3 Describe Purpose and Characteristics of Causal Maps

1. 1. EME 6403 | Summer 2008 | Team 4 Week 1 | Lesson 1.3 06.29.08
2. 2. Week 1 Objectives <ul><li>Lesson 1.1: Familiarize yourself with project work, timeline, and group members </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 1.2: Prepare to participate in the peer evaluation process </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 1.3: Describe purpose and characteristics of causal maps </li></ul>
3. 3. Lesson 1.3 <ul><li>This lesson reviews the basics of causal maps. </li></ul><ul><li>You have completed readings about visual diagrams in order to create your personal theory map. </li></ul><ul><li>By reviewing this information, you will be better prepared to participate successfully in upcoming project activities. </li></ul>
4. 4. What are causal maps? <ul><li>Causal mapping refers to the use of directed node and link graphs -- similar to concept maps in some ways -- to represent a set of causal relationships within a system. </li></ul>
5. 5. Why use causal maps? <ul><li>Causal mapping is more structured than concept mapping, in that links can only mean one thing (a causal relation). </li></ul><ul><li>This has the advantage of allowing you and your teammates to discuss and develop a shared representation for causality. </li></ul><ul><li>During this project, your team will develop a shared theory of CSCL. </li></ul>
6. 6. Activity 1.3a: Yes or No? <ul><li>Evaluate the statements below to determine if this information is eligible for a causal map format. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many factors contribute to global warming: greenhouse gases, feedbacks, and solar variations. People contribute to these factors in different ways. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do you think, yes or no? </li></ul>
7. 7. Activity 1.3a: Yes <ul><li>This information is eligible for causal mapping: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many factors contribute to global warming: greenhouse gases, feedbacks, and solar variations. People contribute to these factors in different ways. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple factors are identified as causes of global warming, and relationship strength will vary. </li></ul>
8. 8. Activity 1.3b: Yes or No? <ul><li>Evaluate the statement below to determine if this information is eligible for a causal map format. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are many varieties of apples: golden delicious, granny smith, red delicious, green sweet, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do you think, yes or no? </li></ul>
9. 9. Activity 1.3b: No <ul><li>As presented, this information is not eligible for causal mapping: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are many varieties of apples: golden delicious, granny smith, red delicious, green sweet, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There is no description of cause and effect relationships. </li></ul>
10. 10. Causal Map Characteristics <ul><li>To review, what makes a quality causal map? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides precise explanation of the chain of causal events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized logically and temporally (left to right) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explains strength of causal links between factors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>States whether each listed factor has or has no influence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies how factors are inter-related to explain causal chain of events </li></ul></ul>
11. 11. Activity 1.3c: Rank Causal Maps <ul><li>Optional: Evaluate and rank maps </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline: Sunday, 11:59pm, EDT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View and evaluate six causal maps. Consider the strengths and weaknesses for each map. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rank the six causal maps from strongest (1) to weakest (6) and document your ranked list. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review instructor ranking and compare the results to your list! </li></ul></ul>
12. 12. Causal Mapping and jMAP <ul><li>During this project, you will continue to use jMAP to examine and critique others' personal theory maps. </li></ul><ul><li>Your team will discuss what factors should be included and how different factor chain should be represented. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, your team will use jMAP create the shared group theory. </li></ul>
13. 13. Lesson 1.3 Wrap-up <ul><li>In this lesson you reviewed the purpose and characteristics of causal maps. </li></ul><ul><li>In Week 2, you and your teammates will begin to develop a group theory of CSCL! </li></ul>