Use of mind maps in formal education

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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)

     PDF (problem?)

Learning material[edit]

Nancy Marguilies is a proponent of Mindscapes in the classroom to help engage students and support their learning.

Understanding material[edit]

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[edit]

See Note-taking with mind maps


Supporting group projects

Dissertations / term papers / homework[edit]



Organizing results[edit]



Supporting learning how to think (like CORT)[edit]

Helps students understand concepts, information[edit]

See the Visual thinking guides

Supporting teaching[edit]


For free information about the hundreds of
visual thinking tools available, visit the

Visual Thinking Center