Teaching and Learning with Technology would like to acknowledge Kathryn Maxwell for revising the content of this tutorial.
Concept mapping is a cognitive tool comprized of learning techniques that help develop and organize ideas. These visual and active thinking techniques can be used to create an external representation (or picture) of a set of ideas or a body of knowledge. By generating representations, tools such as concept maps, graphic organizers, webbing, idea maps, and other visual diagrams help to structure thoughts, illustrate in-depth ideas, and show relationships between and among them.
Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:
- Understand what a concept map is and describe its uses and applications
- Define and apply a variety of basic terms and ideas related to concept maps
- Create concept maps for your own use
Constructing, interpreting, and critiquing concept maps are all ways to learn about them, learn how to use them, and also why to use them. First, read the materials on concept maps. As you read through the information about concept maps, complete the activities to practice making and reading them.
- Information about Concept Maps
- Activity 1: What is a Concept Map?
- Why Use Concept Maps
- Activity 2: Benefits of Using Concept Maps
- How to Develop a Concept Map
- Principles about Linking
- Activity 3: Creating a Concept Map
- Assessment Criteria
- Activity 4: Evaluating a Concept Map
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