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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  • Role of PSW Mindmap
    by Susan Robinson (@susanr)

    This is a mindmap created to depict the course load and linkages for the introduction to the role of the personal support worker.

  • Depiction of Three Modules In Course
    by Joe Varrasso (@JV)

    This is my attempt to summarize at a high level the three major modules in a course that I’m teaching.  Each module is assessed by a test covering the topics shown.

  • Mother sauces
    by Charlton Alvares (@calvares)

    For this exercise I use a padlet, The topic is quite confusing for a new cook, hence a padlet helps to organize the sauces into a structure. I also have the option to add or subtract information. This activity can also be created in mind note.

  • Overview of the assessment process
    by Iain Robertson (@iain.robertson)

    I teach a course on assessment. Each week there is a focus on a different part of the body. That said, the framework for assessment remains largely the same. I did a concepts map to make plain the key concepts required for assessment. For students, it may provide some further clarity. For myself, it serves more… »

  • Syllabus concept map
    by Lori Strauss (@lstrauss)

    This was a great exercise. I created a syllabus concept map for specific concepts that need to be included in every lab delivered. We have 6 core concepts throughout our program that we consider in theory and it also informs how the labs are structured. They include safety, professionalism, accountability, person centered approach documentation and more… »

  • Syllabus Concept Map – Circuit Theory I Lab 1
    by Xiaopeng Pan (@xapan)

    I’m doing lab courses that are affiliated with lecture courses. However, following the pattern of “concept map of a syllabus”, I have organized the content of one lab as shown in the link. By using “Padlet”, the key concepts of any topic can form a network that presents the relationships of items, highlight the key more… »

  • Course Objectives Covered by Modules
    by Melissa Sherrer (@MSherrerRN)

    I really enjoy MindMapping. I encourage its use when students are note taking or preparing for classes. I have created a map which provides me with an overview of the course objectives for NRSG 199, and identifies which virtual clinical supplementation learning module(s) covers which course objective. This allows me to see where I should more… »

  • MindMup for an Intro Linguistics course
    by Ivan Chow (@chowivan)

    I used MindMup to create a map for an Introductory Linguistics course I taught. I find it very easy to use the Insert Root/Child/Sibling node buttons and was able to create a clear and well-organized curriculum map in no time. It also helps me see how the different topics are organized and relate to one more… »

  • 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… »

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