An innovative use of Mind mapping in Education

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.  

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Using Learning map for storytelling

In this post I’m going to present a simple way to convert your learning/course materials to an interactive learning episode. Instead of using linear heavy information slide mode for presenting an interactive story, I used a form of a Learning map. Yes, you can use Learning map also for storytelling. See the example below.

So, how did I make this?  

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Learning map as an instructional tool

Have you ever focused on the way of how you present new topic/new things to someone? I’ve noticed that many times we   draw some sort of a mind map or a diagram on paper or whiteboard. This proves that our brains don’t think linear but non-linear. Additionally, it proves that our brains love visual thinking/learning? Although there are tons of mind mapping tools that support visual thinking, they are often not enough exploited, especially for teaching purposes. That’s why I’ll concentrate on using mind maps as an instructional tool for teaching in this post.

When we started using mind mapping tools for teaching purposes, we’ve encountered the constant lack of possibilities when using them. Why? Originally, mind mapping tools are designed for learning, capturing ideas, brainstorming, but in rare occasions they are used as a tool for creating a learning content or building and delivering lessons. That’s why we’ve expanded the philosophy of the mind map to the point, where it serves as a learning content which could be used before, between and after class (i.e. blended learning). This is how the Learning map happened.  

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