Mind Mapping with Mindup
An assignment submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the course LRNT 1523
Assignment 01 – Share a Relevant Resource
Dr. George Veletsianos
My Sample Mind Map: https://app.mindmup.com/map/_free/2017/09/38f4aab09a7111e792671b7f96f167c0
Mindmup is an online web-based mind mapping tool application. The free version of Mindmup allows the user to create and save interactive mind maps that can be shared with others. Mind mapping is a method of brainstorming and used by an individual or within a group of people.
The process of mind mapping involves the presentation a topic in a visual format on paper or within a software application. Participants are invited to build off the central topic by drawing, writing or creating branches of their own thoughts and ideas about the central subject of the mind map. Mind mapping can be worked upon synchronously or asynchronously.
Mind maps can be used as an academic tool to promote the sharing of an individual’s interpretations and insights on an idea, topic or question. This sharing process demonstrates the theory of constructivism, one of the foundational learning theories that we are studying in LRNT523 – Foundations of Learning and Technologies. Constructivism is a theoretical framework that describes how a person learns through the reflection and application of previous experiences and knowledge to real-world problems (Ertmer & Newby, 2013).
Guidelines can be tailored to enhance the learning experience and the outcomes of the information presented through mind mapping. These guidelines may include pre-determined time allotment, use of visual imagery, and the use of alternate media such as coloured pencils or markers. According to Anderson (1993), the central idea behind mind mapping is to “record the initial impressions as they come to mind” (p. 41).
I have used mind maps as an academic tool over the past 15 years in the courses I teach. They have become an invaluable tool to help students convey their intrinsic knowledge and experience to real-world problems. I not only use them to educate others, I also use mind maps in my own studies, including the courses within the MALAT program at Royal Roads.
Ertmer, P. A., & Newby, T. J. (2013). Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism: Comparing Critical Features From an Instructional Design Perspective. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 26(2), 43–71. https://doi.org/10.1002/piq.21143
Anderson, J. V. (1993). Mind mapping: A tool for creative thinking. Business Horizons, 36(1), 41. Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.royalroads.ca/ehost/detail/detail?vid=0&sid=fce15bbc-08fd-4bc3-ac2d-03fcc466c639%40sessionmgr4008&bdata=#AN=40520389&db=a9h