Online mindmapping

Submitted by Annika and Bir… on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:07

A mind map is an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall.

A mind map is a diagram for representing tasks, words, concepts, or items linked to and arranged around a central concept or subject using a non-linear graphical layout that allows the user to build an intuitive framework around a central concept. A mind map can turn a long list of monotonous information into a colorful, memorable and highly organized diagram that works in line with your brain's natural way of doing things.

A mind map can be used as a simplified content management system (CMS). It allows you to store all your data in a centralized location to stay organized. With the various mind mapping software programs out today, you can attach files to different branches for even more flexibility. You can also change to various different views in order to find one that suits you best.

Online mindmapping is an effective and clear way to visualize notes, ideas, opinions, past experiences and complex relationships. In the middle of a mindmap there is a topic that is connected to branches or aspects and branches by means of branches. The branches form a structure of interlinked nodes and should include important keywords by using simple nouns

All subjects
Online learning
Sequence of activities
  • One person in the group creates a mind map and then invites the other group members to edit the mind map. If the online mind mapping is used in plenary, it makes sense that the teacher creates the mind map.
  • The students collaborate asynchronously or synchronously on creating the online mind map on a specific topic or task. 
  • As a last step have a debrief or consolidation of contributors, and sum up their salient points as the teacher of the course.
Application Software

Jokiaho, A. (2016). Virtualisierung didaktischer Szenarien für die Hochschullehre.  Dissertation: Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg.

Liu, Ying & Zhao, Guoqing & Ma, Guozhen & Bo, Yuwei. (2014). The Effect of Mind Mapping on Teaching and Learning:A Meta-Analysis. Standard Journal of Education and Essay. 2. 17-31.

Stokhof, H., de Vries, B., Bastiaens, T. et al. Res Sci Educ (2018). Using Mind Maps to Make Student Questioning Effective: Learning Outcomes of a Principle-Based Scenario for Teacher Guidance.

30 minutes - 1 hour
Grade your contribution (I consider this TEL method can be used with TEL tools)