Purpose
To introduce you to online concept mapping to describe some ways that you can it in class.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this workshop, you should be able to
1. Create a concept map on the web
2. Share your map with a friend
3. Export your map as an image file
4. More advanced users will be able to embed their map in their website

Program
1. What is concept mapping and brainstorming online?
2. Educational focus
3. Ideas for practice
4. Sign up for a concept mapping service
5. Using a concept mapping service
6. Reflection
7. Evaluation
8. Useful links

1. What is concept mapping and brainstorming online?

Visit the Web 2.0 Survival Guide entry on concept maps and brainstorming
  • Create mindmaps (or concept maps) online.
  • Share your mindmaps with others.
  • Embed your mindmap in your blog, wiki or other website.
  • Drop and drag bubbles into the centre of the screen.
  • Link bubbles to each other.
  • Use the menu to export your mindmap to your blog or website, or to save it as a picture file.
  • Check out Tech-bites.com for more info.

2. Educational focus
  • Visualisation
  • Brainstorming
  • Collaboration
  • Communication and knowledge sharing
  • Knowledge building
  • Presentation and dissemination

3. Ideas for practice
  • Ask student to collaborate on building a mindmap or debate map of a class topic. Get them to explain their map to the rest of the class.
  • Use concept maps to map out your class topics for students. This is a great way of showing how material in your syllabus connects and can be a great conceptual aid for students. Embed your map in your class website.

4. Set up an account with a concept mapping service
Visit one of these services and sign up.

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ESSENTIAL! Write down or remember these things:*

  1. Your username
  2. Your web address/URL
  3. Your password
  4. The email address you used to create this account

*You will need your username and password to sign in to your blog in the future. If using WordPress, you will be able to access your blog in the future by either
  1. Visiting your blog's web address and signing in under the 'Meta' area, or
  2. Visiting wordpress.com and signing in via the WordPress main page

You will not be able to change your username or web address later; however, you will be able to change your password and email address.




5. Using a concept map online

  • Create a concept map around a topic familar to you
  • Change the colours of the bubbles
  • Share your map with your neighbour
  • Export your map as an image file, using the Menu options
  • Get the embed code for your map and embed it in your website

6. Reflection

  • What applications can you see for this in your work, teaching or research?
  • What have I learnt?
  • What is still unclear?
  • What do I need to follow up on?
  • Where to from here?
  • What other stuff I have read or accessed to help me make sense of it all?

7. Evaluation
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