Any company looking to improve its e-learning system, or implement a fresh one, could benefit from mind mapping. The technique is nothing new, mind mapping has been used in educational institutions for many years.
They’re also an extension of the old brainstorming theory of creating a map from a single word or piece of text and the term itself has been around since the 1970s. Major categories generally surround the central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches. This system helps to separate, or ‘chunk’, the information into manageable pieces that the human brain can assimilate more easily.
So mind maps are nothing new, but the e-learning environment opens up a whole new world of possibilities for visual and interactive learning processes that have been proven to boost productivity.
Within a company, on the LMS, mind mapping can be integrated to help students to learn more effectively. Mind maps can be used in a number of different ways, including the following:
You can plan out your company’s e-learning system, from one simple answer right through to the full curriculum. The visual style of a mind map makes information easy to digest and more understandable for the majority of people. Online mind maps can also be ‘always on’, so you can tap into them at any time. This helps the e-learning manager and the student alike focus on the right topic at the right time and break down complex subjects into manageable chunks.
Flipping the Classroom
This is a relatively new buzz in education and applies to schools as well as corporate training. The idea is simple, students take advantage of the online resource to learn the information that will be discussed in class before they arrive. The class itself then focuses on reinforcing the core concepts with a variety of different examples and applications.
This turns the old model of learning in class followed by homework assignments on its head. It has proved highly effective and the use of mind maps helps structure the whole process. In a corporate environment, where those taking the lessons will most likely be motivated students, this form of study can be highly effective in promoting discussion when the students meet.
Students can collaborate with each other, reducing the workload on the manager as students answer each other’s questions. This helps reinforce the basic ideas at work and helps to spark the student’s creativity. In schools this is useful, in the corporate environment it is a game changer, as companies cannot realistically have formal educators on staff.
Allowing the ‘students’ to work together and fire each other’s creativity will go a long way to ensuring the success of the e Learning programme on its own.
In many corporate environments, staff must take officially recognised exams in order to do certain jobs. Mind maps can help reinforce learning and prepare anybody for exams, as the visual process has been proven time and again as a method of connecting various stages in the learning process and leaving an imprint on the mind.
So when the visual aids are removed, the pathway remains ingrained and the exam process is much simplified.
In the corporate environment, some staff will need to learn literally everything, while others will need a cursory understanding of some subjects. By starting with the core principle and building branches around the subject, it’s possible to provide a basic introduction to a complex subject for some and then allow them to focus on that, while others progress and add a number of branches for a more in-depth understanding.
Allowing students to learn to their level prevents information overload, which can stop some people learning anything.
Mind mapping is a useful technique that benefits anyone in a learning or business environment. By using it as a part of e-learning in the enterprise and making mind mapping resources available on the intranet, companies can make the most out of their LMSs and ensure that they offer the speediest route to success to their employees.