Mind mapping has been found to be an effective means of helping students organize new learning while reinforcing previous learning and improving information retrieval.

Keep in mind that mind maps are not just good for students, they are great for teachers too. When planning your course, you could use a mind map to decide what content to include and how they are connected. You could then share it with your students so they can get an overview of how you see your course fitting together. Using mind maps to outline your course syllabus not only models how to organize information but also adheres to the universal design principles of conveying information in multiple modes, according to Biktimirov & Nilson, 2006 in Show Them the Money: Using Mind Mapping in the Introductory Finance Course.

Using MindMup or another visual organizer tool in the Extend Toolkit, create a concept map of your course syllabus.

 


This activity is part of the Organize Knowledge section of the Teacher for Learning Module.

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  • A Modest Concept Map of my Online Stats Course
    by Darren Stanley (@dstanley)

    It is timely that I should be doing this exercise to map our my course. In fact, I recently started to create a concept map for the purpose of seeing just how complex (if not merely complicated) my course was in terms of the various digital connections that underlie the organization of my course. As more… »

  • SFischer Syllabus Concept Map
    by Sarah Fischer (@sfischer)

    This activity was incredibly helpful for some curriculum development work I am currently working on in partnership with our LMS provider.

  • Syllabus Mind Map
    by amy taylor (@amytaylor)

    Creating a mind map for a syllabus was a very cool way to ensure the scaffolding learning was in fact happening in this course.  What I struggled with in my mind map was I wanted to include a “parent node” that encompassed all the “child nodes” and I wanted it to be the WIIFM – more… »

  • Syllabus for Personal Finance by topic
    by Megan Gibson (@Megan Gibson)

    This is a mindmap of the Personal Finance content by topic. https://atlas.mindmup.com/2020/09/436b3d70fc5611ea8ada2ff7b664e477/personal_finance/index.html

  • Capstone Collaboration Mindmap
    by Radica Bissoondial (@rbissoondial)

    The program’s Level 2 students have a capstone course with the option of a collaborative partnership. The presentation of the focus in the program is tri-fold connection of material from Level 1, concurrent teaching of Level 2 and the applied research of the course with the community partner.

  • Capstone Collaboration Mindmap
    by Radica Bissoondial (@rbissoondial)

    The program’s Level 2 students have a capstone course with the option of a collaborative partnership. The presentation of the focus in the program is tri-fold connection of material from Level 1, concurrent teaching of Level 2 and the applied research of the course with the community partner.

  • Mind Map BA Perspectives
    by Mahmud DeWan (@mdewan)

    Mindmap file attached for Perspectives of Business Analysis course.

  • Mindmap for Curriculum Development Workshops
    by Dee Morrissey (@dmorrissey)

    Using the free version of Mindmup, I created a relatively simple mindmap for a series of curriculum development workshops. The mindmap emphasizes three key elements that must be aligned in a course: outcomes, teaching methodology and assessment. The sub-topics are linked to these three elements, as are the associated “deliverables”.  The workshops covers all these more… »

  • Mind map of Course Outline for Statistics for Marketing
    by Margaret Dancy (@mdancy)

    Using Mindmup I created a course outline mindmap for a Statistics for Marketing course. I found the free trial did not let me do everything I would like, and I found the program somewhat clunky, although perhaps I was using it incorrectly.  Finally there is not enough data for the free mindmap to be completed.

  • Concept Map: Info Systems
    by Shauna Roch (@sroch)

    Please see my concept map for info systems.

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