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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  • Mind Map-Country Differences in Political Economy
    by Anahita Khazaei (@Ana)

    This mind map shows/summarizes differences in political, legal and economic systems in different countries. It is part of the “Global Business Environment” course.

  • Mind map for Partnerships with Families
    by Giselle Carter (@gmcarter)

    Using a mind map to explain how all the topics in one course connect is helpful to provide a picture to students of where we are going and how it all hangs together.

  • Syllabus for my course
    by Sheeba (@svilakkathusaidu)

    For my courses I was using tabular format and this is the first time I am using mind mapping for the overall idea about my syllabus. Its very catchy. By using Miro, a user friendly mind mapping tool, I could prepare the syllabus very easily.

  • Course Syllabus Concept Map
    by Gary Danner (@gdanner)

    Attached is my mind map. This is the first time I have heard of and used MindMup. I found it to be a very effective tool.

  • Leadership Module Mind Map
    by Anahita Khazaei (@Ana)

    Please see attached a mind map that summarizes topics in a leadership module. The focus of the module is on how leaders can encourage team members to demonstrate their best performance and achieve their goals by recognizing contributions and showing appreciation in a personalized way.  The module is based on Chapters 11 and 12 of  more… »

  • MINDMap Essentials of Negotiation
    by Bruce Stead (@B Stead)

    A MINDMap of Essentials of Negotiation -see attached.

  • Course Syllabus Mind Map
    by Meaghan Jefferson (@mjeffer)

    I created this visual syllabus for our course in Medical Radiation Sciences  covering an intro to gynecological and obstetrical anomalies and pathology.  I’m far more linear in my methodology, so I found this exercise was a bit of a stretch for me.  Personally, large mind maps with lines coursing/crossing over each other are extremely confusing more… »

  • Power Engineer 3rd Class Part B1
    by Neil McCuaig (@n.mccuaig)

    Here is the course outline for Power Engineer 3rd Class Part B1  

  • Marketing Mind Map
    by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

    I admit that I was a little skeptical of this process before I got started.  I’ve never been a huge fan of mind maps… but this was actually time well spent.  The final product is a really good visualization of how the course fits together.  When I have more time, I may even expand on more… »

  • Avionics Navigation Systems MindMap
    by Sean Morrison (@SeanMorrison)

    This is a Mind Map for a course I wrote about 2 years ago. This visual representation is a useful framework, both in creating and teaching. I think when I show this to my students completing this course now, it should help them put what they’ve learned into a clearer perspective.

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