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Concept Mapping: How Visual Connections Can Improve Learning


Featured Higher Education Presenter: Alice Cassidy

If you’ve never used concept mapping in your courses, you are overlooking one of the best ways to boost understanding and improve learning.

By linking a set of ideas visually and explaining the connections, thereby mirroring the process of thinking and learning, concept maps provide a powerful way to help students see the relationships between concepts.

By mirroring the process of thinking and learning, concept maps provide a powerful way to help students see the relationships between important concepts. This is especially helpful for visual learners.

In Concept Mapping: How Visual Connections Can Improve Learning, Dr. Alice Cassidy will introduce the strategy of concept mapping and explain how it can be used to help students learn in dynamic, authentic and active ways.

Whether you are familiar with concept mapping or completely new to this idea, you will discover fresh methods for diversifying the learning opportunities in your classes.

In this seminar you will learn:

  • How to use concept mapping in your courses
  • Step-by-step instructions to create a concept map
  • Multiple ways to use concept maps to increase active learning
  • Different styles of maps: trees, spokes, center-focus, and visual metaphor
  • Which model of concept map would work best in your discipline
  • An overview of the research support for this learning method
  • Various contexts in which mapping may be applied
  • Concept mapping Do’s and Don’ts
  • Where to find concept mapping online software
  • How to create concept maps by hand or by using software applications

Your presenter

Alice Cassidy, Ph.D. 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 for the past fifteen years. She currently heads Alice Cassidy In View Education and Professional Development.

Dr. Cassidy’s areas of focus include active and participatory learning, instructional and narrative skills, and students as active collaborators in teaching and learning.

Who will benefit from this seminar?

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

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