The main purpose of designing a Learning map was to facilitate the instructional design of an online interactive learning content for educators on one side and to make learning topics more engaging for students on the other side.
But our clients found Learning map useful also for other purposes in education, like r lesson planning or student coursework. On the other hand Learning map is a quite an innovative approach for using mind mapping technique in education, that’s why many people want to know more about it, for example what is the difference between Learning map and a mind map, how can they use Learning map, etc. That’s why I’ve decided to gather major uses of Learning map in this post so that you can get an overview about Learning map uses.
To conduct a successful lesson we need a detailed description of the instructions about what students should learn and how will they learn it. That means that we as educators should prepare a lesson plan with all objectives, description of teaching and learning activities with list of suitable learning materials.
Usually these elements are presented with different – let’s say files. One includes a lesson plan and the second one includes prepared activities and learning materials in detail. Have you ever considered merging everything together in one source that will serve as a lesson plan, lesson guide for your students and lesson content in one? I’ll show you, how you can do this using a Learning map form.
1. Outline learning objectives
First you should determine what you want your students to learn, why should they learn it and what will they be able to do at the end of the lesson. Provide a short introduction to engage the student using real-world examples, asking questions, etc. For every objective create a single Node of a Learning map – “Objective node”.
It is no secret that a Learning map is based on a mind mapping technique. There are numerous studies available providing evidence of why mind mapping is so effective for all sorts of activities. Majority of them could be applied also on a Learning map. Learning map is actually a version of a mind map used as a teaching aid for designing an online interactive learning content. However, for providing maximum efficiency of a Leaning map we must design it properly. In this post I’ll show you how.
Learning map is a graphical representation of a topic that is designed in a way to allow better understanding of the subject matter and increase recall. It’s a common source of learning activities. Student can watch videos, micro lectures, different documents etc. Learning map is also very interactive, because it can include quizzes, discussion boards and other assignments.
The full potential of a Learning map is provided by assigning students to create their own Learning maps to review their understanding of the topic and to build long-term memory. It is up to the student how deep his exploration of a Learning Map will be. The learning path he takes is completely self-controlled.