How to draw concept maps and mind maps for sensemaking

Concept map of student motivation. You need to read the map from top down and along all arrows or lines connecting the boxes.
  • All high level concepts are in the top half
  • All bottom level concepts (actionable words, concrete expressions) are in the bottom half of the map
  • Anything in between
  • You can connect as many boxes as you can.
  • You need to start with the concepts that are single words (or as few words as you can) and they are ideally adjectives, or nouns, or gerunds.
  • You need to use connectors that are verbs or prepositions (other connecting words are also allowed)
  • First, you cannot really make sense unless you know the context. It’s my map and I know the context that makes sense to me. You will learn something out of the concept map, but your concept map is not necessarily my concept map. You can start with the same set of boxes but with your unique set of connectors, you can create your own message.
  • Second, if you are looking for a narrative, it is difficult to build.
This is a mind map of the same information. See you can now see the base question and if you see, you see that the main concepts are in the radius immediately out of the stem, and now you can build a narrative

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Professor @ University of Canterbury, Doctor, scholar, data scientist, Cantabrian. ENS: arinbasu.eth & mastodon instance: @arin_basu@mastodon.nzoss.nz

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Arindam Basu

Arindam Basu

Professor @ University of Canterbury, Doctor, scholar, data scientist, Cantabrian. ENS: arinbasu.eth & mastodon instance: @arin_basu@mastodon.nzoss.nz

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