Concept Mapping: How Visual Connections Can Improve Learning

Higher Ed and Concept Mapping

By using a concept map, you have a visual tool to depict a set of ideas by linking them and explaining the connections. Concept maps provide a powerful way to help students organize, represent, and understand knowledge.

First coined by Novak and Gowin in 1984, concept maps now have many updated uses in classrooms to help students grasp the connections between key points.

Concept mapping may be applied in any academic discipline to make better sense of a reading, document learning or thinking, or brainstorm a project. Used expertly, they can substantially increase student understanding of difficult topics.

There is growing recognition of the value of using a variety of formats and styles in teaching and facilitating. With concept maps, faculty members can broaden their teaching repertoire while showing students how to learn in authentic and active ways.

In Concept Mapping: How Visual Connections Can Improve Learning, Alice Cassidy, Ph.D. introduces the idea of concept mapping and explains how it can be used to facilitate explanations and raise achievement in the classroom.

This 75 minute seminar covers:

  • Examples of concept and mind maps
  • How and why to use concept mapping in your courses
  • The appeal of concept maps to visual learners
  • Where to find concept mapping software online
  • Drawing concepts maps by hand or by using software applications
  • Different types of maps: spokes, trees, center-focus and visual metaphor
  • Using concept maps to increase engagement and foster creative connections
  • Which model of concept map works best in your discipline
  • An overview of the research support for this learning method
  • Multiple suggested uses for concept maps
  • Important Do’s and Don’ts when using concept mapping

In this seminar, you will complete your own concept map and learn strategies for incorporating maps into your daily professional activities.

Who will benefit?
This seminar is designed for those involved in college instruction, including:

  • College and university professors
  • Adjunct and distance education faculty
  • Academic affairs
  • Faculty developers and trainers

Your presenter

Alice Cassidy is Principal of Alice Cassidy In View Education and Professional Development. For the past fifteen years, she held leadership roles at The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth and the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her areas of focus include active and participatory learning, professional development for organizations, use of self-directed learning, problems and cases in real-world settings, instructional and narrative skills, and students as active collaborators in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Includes a Discussion Guide for Facilitators

Viewing this Magna Online Seminar as a team can help leverage unique insights, foster collaboration, and build momentum for change. This seminar includes a Discussion Guide for Facilitators which provides step-by-step instructions for generating productive discussions and thoughtful reflection. You also get guidelines for continuing the conversation after the viewing, implementing the strategies discussed, and creating a feedback loop for sharing best practices and challenges.


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Recorded: 1/18/2011
Running Time: 75 minutes
Audio with PowerPoint


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3. Phone: 800-433-0499 ext. 2

Bonus Materials on your seminar CD:
  • PDF Transcript
  • Facillitator's Guide
  • Supplemental Materials
  • PowerPoint Handouts

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