The January session featured demonstrations of mind mapping software. According to Wikipedia, “mind maps are diagrams used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to or arranged around a central key word or idea.” Joe Dulak, Academic Skills Center Director, talked about how he is using Cmap Tools to work with his students. This free program “empowers users to construct, navigate, share, and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. ” You can download the program here.

Dr. Tricia Klosky, Associate Professor of Social Science and Coordinator of Criminal Justice, very successfully uses FreeMind with her students to help them map the process and progress of their research. She has seen remarkable improvements in student performance since introducing this tool.

Some other mind mapping tools include: Thinkmap’s Visual Thesaurus, Google’s Mind Map, and EBSCO’s Visual Search (you can choose this in any of the EBSCO databases).

Watch a YouTube video with Tony Buzan, a leading figure in the mind mapping field, for more background.

This month’s door prize was awarded to Dr. Patrick Barlow, Director of College Assessment, for correctly identifying the source of this session’s title as coming from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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