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Use of mind maps in formal education
Mind maps and concept maps both had their origins in the educational arena.
Below is an outline of educational uses of mind mapping. It is not just a list of possibilities. Follow the More... and other links to find ideas and explanations of how to use mind maps for these actions yourself.
Alternatively you can navigate by a mind map like the one on the right: The following two links open an active mind map in a separate browser window. This map has expanding branches and hyperlinks to other parts of WikIT.
Interactive map: Flash (recommended)
- 1 Learning material
- 2 Understanding material
- 3 Note-taking in class or lectures
- 4 Collaboration
- 5 Dissertations / term papers / homework
- 6 Supporting learning how to think (like CORT)
- 7 Supporting teaching
- 8 Revision
Nancy Marguilies is a proponent of Mindscapes in the classroom to help engage students and support their learning.
In a formal education setting, using mind maps or concept maps has become increasingly common over the last decade. It's not a recent phenomenon, though. The analysis and development of ways of enhancing learning by visual presentation and linking of ideas has a history in academia stretching back to the 1960s.
Both kinds of maps are useful, but in different ways.
Note-taking in class or lectures
Supporting group projects
Dissertations / term papers / homework
Supporting learning how to think (like CORT)
Helps students understand concepts, information
See the Visual thinking guides