One of the extend activities on the Ontario Extend website is called Syllabus Concept Map. This activity asked us to create a concept map of our course. Since I will be teaching a new course in the Fall (new to me at least), I thought this course would be a good one to use for the activity. It also gives me an opportunity to get the big picture of what I will be teaching the students.
I chose to use MindMeister to create a map of the course. The free version allows you to make up to 3 maps. You can download them into a MindMeister file, but the free version does not allow you to save as a PDF or JPG. So I used a tool I just learned about today on Steven Secord’s response to another Ontario Extend Activity called “A Tiny Tech Tale”. The tool is called Gyazo and it allowed me to take a screenshot of my MindMap so I could share it here. It also allows you to make short animated gif screenshots.
Here’s the map that I came up with based on the course outcomes and the topics for each unit.
This was a great exercise that allowed me to review the entire course and get a good understanding of what the students will be learning in this course. I can see how concept maps would be great tools for helping students organize their learning and review for tests.