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Software to help map a concept

November 20, 2009

A concept map or “mind map” is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. It is a graphical tool for representing knowledge. The ND Learning Technology Lab website has a page about concept maps in our “Technologies” section, and here’s a video of a workshop from UT Austin‘s Digital Writing and Research Lab (warning: it’s an hour long).

You can simply draw concept maps on paper, but there are computer programs that can help. The two most popular commercial titles are “Inspiration” and “MindManager,” and a recent post at ProfHacker gives a great overview of them.

A while back, we looked at free concept mapping software and decided that Xmind was a good alternative. Here’s part I of a YouTube demo of Xmind. Above is an example of a concept map of “Accelerated Learning” from the Xmind website.

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