Monday, June 22, 2009

Visualizing the Standards: Interactive Word Trees

You can now create word trees of the ACCJC Accreditation Standards through IBM's Many Eyes website using the uploaded version of the standards I created with the numbering system removed. " A word tree is a visual search tool for unstructured text, such as a book, article, speech or poem. It lets you pick a word or phrase and shows you all the different contexts in which it appears. The contexts are arranged in a tree-like branching structure to reveal recurrent themes and phrases." (Many Eyes Word Tree Guide) The heading above the word tree includes a link to the saved tree based on the word "student". With IBM's interactive word trees you can click on a term to collapse branches into phrases (such as "student learning" or student learning outcomes"). You can create your own word trees from the standards by typing any word or phrase into the search box and hitting enter on your keyboard. You can also create other visualizations (Tag Clouds, Wordles, or Phrase Nets) from the standards by going to the data set page and clicking the visualize ikon. (Note: You may need to update the Java version on your computer to view or create interactive word trees or other visualizations.)

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