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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  • Play is Learning Concept Map
    by Sheryl Third (@Sheryl)

    This Module will allow the student to understand the nature of play and inquiry and how it supports children’s learning, well being and social skills as well as, their obligation and role in fostering PLAY as a means of learning.

  • Syllabus Mapping
    by Jennifer Lee (@jslee)

    I’m not a very techy person, so it took me a bit to figure out how to use padlet.   didn’t find their instructions terribly helpful – However once I figured it out I realize that it is really quite easy to use  Rather than do a mind-map for the entire syllabus I used it to more… »

  • Co-operative Education Syllabus Concept Map
    by Darby Anderson (@danderson)

    I created a Syllabus Concept Map for Co-operative Education Preparatory Employment Modules.  I utilized Padlet to create the mind map – highlighting modules related to student learning & success within Co-operative Education.  I enjoyed the activity and was pleasantly pleased with my results.  Although the tool was easily accessible and relatively intuitive to navigate, as more… »

  • Mind Map: Communications (Effective Writing)
    by Patrick Moore (@patrick.moore)

    This mind map is an example of my Effective Communications course at Conestoga.

  • Mind Map for Computational Thinking Course
    by Valerie Watts (@vwatts)

    Over the past year and half, I have been developing a computational thinking course for my school’s Bachelor of Commerce degrees.  It will be running for the first time this fall.  The mind map I created of the course is a great visual representation of the vision I have for the course.

  • Syllabus Concept Map
    by Rachel Schultz (@Rachel Schultz)

    My Group Dynamics course comes with established course outcomes in outline format, so I tried to convert it to a mind map and found it wasn’t the best way to organise such a dense list of topics, especially once I started making connections between bubbles. Students teach themselves the content in a highly structured environment, more… »

  • Syllabus Concept Map
    by Jenn Harren (@j_harren)

    Excited to use Padlet to “mindmap” my course outline (syllabus) Recruitment and Selection course.  Going to give it a try in the classroom this fall!

  • Cost Control Syllabus Map
    by Hoshedar Batliwalla (@hbatliwalla)

    Created a syllabus structure with assessment schedule using mindmup!

  • Syllabus Concept Map
    by Haley Whitelaw (@hwhitelaw)

    This activity is quite timely for me, as I am about to begin teaching a course that I developed. I absolutely love graphic visual representations, and find them incredibly efficient for my own understanding of information, data & knowledge.  While I’ve never attempted to design an infographic, I have utilized the ‘smart art’ feature in more… »

  • Syllabus Concept Map
    by Brian Percheson (@bpercheson)

    I used MindMup to create mind map of a Grade 9 Science Curriculum featuring Reproduction, Atoms and Elements, Electricity, and The Universe.  I like this very much because it’s much easier to organise my thoughts; students who use these strategies – learning how to learn – are demonstrating metacognition.

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