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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  • IELTS Writing Curriculum
    by jessica srivastava (@Jessica)

    I decided to use this activity to develop an outline of a program I have been developing for tutoring students who want to sit the IELTS exam. I have been playing around with some ideas, but sitting looking at the visuals, and suddenly this format came to mind and I really like it for its more… »

  • Please see the MindMup for my Course Syllabus.
    by Tricia Bonner (@Tbone)

    I chose to do a simple mind map that outlined the course learning outcomes as well as the assignments that link to those outcomes.

  • Syllabus mindmap
    by Lori Hallahan (@lhallahan)

    Please see the attached mindmap for the course syllabus.

  • Learning using case analysis pedagogy
    by Marie Ritchie (@mritchie)

    In my first teaching iteration using this pedagogy I asked students to structure their case analysis in a format that was meaningful to them. I wanted students to be creative (i.e. using mind maps etc.). In most cases, students/groups were able to summarize and analyze the case details but unable to contextualize their analysis. They more… »

  • Facilitating Online Learning
    by Terry Greene (@terrygreene)

    See the syllabus concept map here

  • Syllabus Concept Map
    by KristineW (@KristineW)

    I’ve taught Tech Tools, an Elearning Design and Training course at Lambton College since 2018. In the course, students expand upon their work on in another course I teach that introduces them to the basics of teaching online. In this course, students learn, amongst other things, how to use Camtasia to edit and create videos more… »

  • How to Connect Online Mind Map
    by Stephanie Park (@stpark)

    I haven’t always been a huge fan of mind maps because I sometimes find them messy, visually tiring, and a bit confusing depending on the setup. In this activity, I decided to build on my topic from Activity #1 and create a mind map of an idea for a course that could be a helpful more… »

  • Project Procurement Syllabus – Mind Map vs. Table
    by Mona Brennan-Coles (@MonaBC)

    Typically, the course syllabus is presented in table format.  It is presented here in both table format and as a mind map in the attached document. For me, the table format is easier to use as a checklist while the mind map provides some relationship information that could be helpful in relating the various components more… »

  • Mind Mapping – Human Resources Course
    by Anne Pearson (@agpearson)

    I used Google Draw for this activity as I am more familiar with that tool.  I would like to use mind mapping for my other courses and individual topics.   A very useful tool and exercise  thank you!

  • 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.

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