University of Derby
Improving Learning Sessions, Creating Comprehensive Essay Frameworks, Helping Students Develop Creative Thinking Skills
It's really useful for brainstorming ideas at the start of a project or piece of work. I use it with students to help them to make their planning as effective as possible
Subject Librarian, Buxton Campus
Running Interactive Learning Sessions with Students
She captured a recent session she ran for her students for YouTube, so that students doing the module via distance or e-learning could also experience the session.
“The purpose of the session was primarily to give the students an opportunity to start planning their module assignment, but also to use the tools and resources available via MindGenius to make this planning as effective as possible.
“We do want the students to develop creative thinking skills and MindGenius can certainly help with this but I think, more than that, the software actually enables the students to almost visualize their essay. They can see where the longer paragraphs are going to be, perhaps where they need more information, and which sections they have quotations, evidence and articles for etc. One of the key benefits of using MindGenius is that it allows the students to get all their ideas written down quickly and easily, and they can then rearrange and move sections as necessary.
“In this particular session, we demonstrated MindGenius while class members sat at a computer and worked along with us to build their own map. We talked through their assignment on the “Analysis and Evaluation of Communication and the Promotional Mix at the
|Fig. 1 Mind Map - Marketing Promo, Map created in session
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The students are generally very positive about MindGenius and what it can do, and several in particular commented on the facility to convert the map to a Gantt chart. This will be particularly useful when planning their dissertations in their final year.”
The video is around 40 minutes long as it covers a teaching session.