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Page 5 in your Job Aid outlines the real benefits of using mind mapping. In short, mind mapping allows us to rapidly “put down” information, in exactly the way we think….tangentially, with one thought, leading to another and another. Because it is a visual process, we are then able to SEE all of the pieces of information and find patterns and draw relationships between them. It is almost always surprising. That is the biggest value…mind mapping allows us to find patterns and relationships between information that we could not have predicted. This kind of thinking leads to innovative problem solving. Like our first slide said, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them
In this example, we’re going to learn the basics of Mind Mapping. This includes using a real world example and learning how to visualize, organize and analyze information - as well as learning a few FreeMind tools.Hey Jill – it looks like it’s time to chat. Could you walk us through this?
Thanks Patti…. Have any of you used mind mapping before? If you have, why did you use it?NOTE: Read and respond to a few of the answersClick to next slide
Maybe some of you can identify with this picture. In this individual mind mapping example, we’re going to Mind Map a solution that will help us succeed in graduate school. Before we go step by step through this, please turn to page 6 of your Job Aid to view the Mind Map that we’ll be creating together as well as the steps we’re going to take. Now that we’re on page 6 of the job aid, notice that to create a Mind Map, we’re going to identify the central theme, the main theme, and then the minor themes. Finally, we analyze the data. This is the complete mind map we’ll create in this example. We’re going to walk step by step through this. Does everyone have their job aid? Click agree.
The first step is to identify the central idea. This screenshot is of what is called a parent node in FreeMind. Our Central Idea is “How to succeed in graduate school.” Turn to page 7 in your Job Aid. To add the central idea in FreeMind, we simply double click the parent node and type our text.
The second step is to determine the main theme. It’s time for a poll. Over to you, Jill.
Poll Question:Mind mapping is a visual thinking process. What is a possible main theme for “How to succeed in graduate school?”Time ManagementCommunicationOrganizationAll of the aboveHint: Look at page 6 of your Job Aid.
Poll Answer:Right. All of those choices are good main themes. Let’s see what this looks like in FreeMind.
We chose the main themes of Time Management, Organization, and Communication. Turn to page 8 in your Job Aid. To add the first main theme, on the top toolbar, we click insert and then select New Child Node. Then, we can type the main theme.
Our third step is to determine minor themes. Each major theme will have some minor themes connected to it. Poll time! Over to you, Jill.
One of the major themes is Communication. What could a minor theme be for Communication?Have a fast, reliable internet connectionConsolidate email accountsCreate relevant contact list groupsAll of the above
Let’s take a look at our mind map..
We’ve now determined some minor themes. For example, some minor themes for Communication are Contact List, Consolidation of email, phone, calendar, and email coordination, as well as fast, reliable internet. Turn to page 9 in your Job Aid. To add a minor theme to a major theme, on the top toolbar, we click insert and then select New Child Node. Then, we can type the minor theme. Page 10 displays how to insert additional minor and major themes as sibling nodes in FreeMind.
Turn to page 11 in your Job Aid. Step 4 is to analyze the data. During analysis, we noticed that our major themes would all require a system.
We also noticed that nearly every word implies an action. We should reword, reorganize or eliminate those that don’t. For example, calendar, contact list, fast reliable internet, and timelines aren’t actions. We chose to recatogrize them.
Now we have moved develop system and infrastructure where they will apply to all of the major themes and removed anything that doesn’t imply an action. Notice we’ve formatted this Mind Map. Look at page 14 of your Job Aid to see what a difference formatting makes.Hm…we’ve done a bit of restructuring. I bet we have a poll coming up. Jill, can you help?
Now that we have reconsidered the information, which of these words are now the Main Themes?OrganizationDevelop SystemInfrastructure2 and 3
Right, Develop System and Infrastructure are now the Main Themes. In this Real World example, mind mapping has helped us arrive at a working solution for being more successful in graduate school. We now know that we have to get our infrastructure in place and develop a system that incorporates time mgmnt, organization and comm.
That brings Example One to a close. In this example we have learned to use mind mapping to organize, visualize and analyze information in order to solve a problem.
We have completed Example 1. We’re now going to discuss how we can use Mind Mapping to provide an eLearning solution.
In example 2, we’re going to learn how to create a Mind Map individually. This includes using a another real world example and we’ll learn problem clarification, questioning, how to organize findings, evaluate, ask clarifying questions, and more. We’ll also learn how to use multiple mind maps when different questions are asked.It’s poll time! Over to you, Jill!
At work, someone comes to you, hands you a bunch of information and asks you to put a bunch of content online. Poll Question: Have any of you ever had this happen?Answers: Yes, No
Often, when there is a problem, everyone wants to throw training at it and many times, training is not the solution. What we’re getting ready to show you is going to help you save your company money and help you work more efficiently.Hm..I wonder what we do now. It’s probably time for a chat. Could you help, Jill?
In this situation, you have a few options. You could run off to your computer and begin creating an amazing training program out of the material is the binder….or you could put mind mapping to work and ask a few question to narrow down the problem.Q: So, How does stopping to ask “Is training really the solution?” benefit your company or client?
Right…There are so many reasons that stopping to ask a few more questions is a good idea. Because we are all interested in creating training that is effective, the mind mapping questioning process only works in our favor.
By asking the right questions and going through a Mind Map, we invest some time up front, but overall, we use the company’s resources effectively and efficiently. Using mind mapping to go through this questioning process will allow management to understand your thinking.We’re going to have a lot of questions for Jennifer and her time is valuable, so we want to be prepared. Mind Mapping is going to help us organize our thinking.I wonder what the first question we should ask would be. Jill, can you help?
Let’s begin the questioning process with our friend Horton. Given what we already know: Jim needs to sell more and we need to make a training program for that… What would be the first question that Horton would ask?How much money is in the budget for this project?Why not just fire Jim?What is the fundamental motivator of your company?
If we can understand what drives the company, then we can create a training program that helps to realize that goal. This serves to narrow the focus of the training and to gather support for the training over the long term. Let’s take a look at the mind map and continue our questioning process.
We used FreeMind’s “Order of importance” labels for some of the questions. The first 4 questions are “What is ACME’s Big Goal?”, “How much does Jim need to sell?” “What does Jim sell?” and “Has Jim had success before?”
We’ve just met with Jennifer, the SME, and asked her questions from our Mind Map. Here are the answers she has given us. [Read slide]In looking at the information we have, where do we go from here? I feel another poll coming up. Over to you, Jill!
So far, this is what we know: the company is profit driven, Jim’s sales need to improve by 7%, Jim sells routers and switches and Jim is great salesman.What questions does this information leave you with?What are routers and switchesWhat did Jim used to sell?If Jim is a good salesman, why is he having trouble selling routers and switches?All of the above
Let’s check back in with Patti and see how the mind map is shaping up.
Here is how it looks in FreeMind after filling in the answers from Jennifer. Notice that Mind Mapping allows us to see the relationship between pieces of information. Look at page 12 of your Job Aid to view what the formatting symbols mean. From page 12 of our Job Aid, we see that the light bulb means “This gives me an idea”. However, you can really use the icons however you want. You can define what they mean.On our mind map listed here, we added the light bulb next to the question “Does he know enough about routers and switches to sell them?” We had a couple of other questions that we highlighted in orange. They are “Are the other salespeople meeting expectations?” and “If so, how are they different than Jim?”
From the information on our Mind Map, we conclude that Jim doesn’t know enough about routers and switches to sell them.
We can use mindmapping to help us decide what about routers and switches Jim needs to know. There’s a lot of questions that could be asked here, the first 3 we thought of are “Why do customers buy R&S” “What do they know about the R&S” and “Why would they buy from Jim?”The color coding helped us see what the underlying answers are.
Ok, so what is our next step? We’re ready for another poll, Jill!
What part of the mind map is step 4?Central IdeaMain ThemeMinor ThemeAnalysis
In FreeMind we can rapidly move nodes around to reconfigure their relationships. We can format the information to emphasize it importance and/or relationship to other pieces of information. We can use the icons to help relay our understanding of the data. So, it is also a great communication tool.
What we’ve gleaned from the analysis is there are 2 MAIN questions. “Why do people buy R&S?” and “Why would they buy from Jim?” At that point, it boils down to trust. In order to buy, customers will have to trust Jim and his expertise. Now we are starting to get close to understanding what training we will need to provide for Jim.
To help Jim gain the trust of customer’s, he’s going to have to understand routers and switches and be confident in his ability to recommend the best solution for his clients. Jennifer, our SME, would tell us that the best way of doing this would be to cram everything from her binders into an online training. But we know that’s not the best way.
The Sales Team in this companyknow all of the situations that arise with customers. Jim really needs to know what customers need and why they need it.So, we’ve narrowed down our main questions. It’s time to chat, Jill!
There are many good answers to this question. What they all point to is that we want Jim to be able to focus on learning ONLY the things about r&s that will help him successfully sell them.
We could continue with this example and use mind mapping to develop the training program for Jim. But let’s move to a different real world example that will allow us to use mind mapping in other ways.
We have completed Example 2. We’re now going to discuss how we can use Mind Mapping to brainstorm with a group to create a webinar just like the one we’re doing right now.
This includes using a another real world example and learning brainstorming, visualizing, organizing and analyzing information to solve a problem.
Here’s the scenario. You group of three is going to create a webinar about “Online Collaboration.” Since we know how to Mind Map, we’re going to use that as a way to jump start the project. We all know by now that our first step is to define a central idea.
It’s time for us to try brainstorming together. Could you help, Jill?
We’ve defined the central idea as “Online Collaboration.” We’ll practice brainstorming now. What are a couple of words that come to your mind when we say “Online Collaboration?” Don’t think too much about this, just write words that come to mind.Great, let’s see how these relate to the words Patti and I came up with.
Wow! This is a lot of data. We’re going to show you how to organize this.
Remember our second step of mind mapping is to find main themes. One method of finding a main theme is color coding similar words. When we filtered through the list, patterns or themes started to emerge. As you can see, we need to organize the information so we can access and use it. Over to you for a poll, Jill!
Poll:Question – How would you categorize the blue words?BehaviorPitfallToolNothing in common
There are a lot of ways to categorize information. We decided to use the categories listed here for our main themes.
This is how it would look in FreeMind. Here’s how Mind Mapping helps us to organize a lot of information.Ok, so we’ve organized the information but now what? Jill, can you help?
Poll:Question – There are only 3 people in your group and 5 categories. How can you use this info to help you organize the project?Have everyone work on every categoryHave two people volunteer to work on two categoriesEvaluate the data to see if you can break it down even further.
Let’s continue with mind mapping and see where it leads us.
This is how the information would look in FreeMind. We separated this into 2 sides. The left side is logistics including what we need to do and the right side is human relations, which deals with human behaviors, etc. We’re going to try to make fewer categories so there will be a category for each person in the group. We’ll remove the pitfalls category and address the pitfalls proactively within other categories.
We started analysis by color-coding “like” information. We found something surprising; the Main Themes of Characteristics and Behaviors shared a lot of like information. When we looked again at the purple, yellow and green coded words, what emerged were three new Main Themes: Communication, Co-Operation and Organization. So, we decided to pursue that line of thinking further.
We questioned whether the words on the left side of the map could also be applied to Communication, Co-Operation and Organization. The first thing that popped out was that all of the tools fell under the Main Theme of Communication.
The remaining information fit neatly into Co-Operation and Organization. Let’s clean it up and see what it looks like!
With mind mapping, we were able to take full advantage of group brainstorming. It helped us to view the information in a way we could not have predicted and yielded a much better and clearer solution to our problem.So, we’ve narrowed our information down to 3 categories. I feel a poll time coming. Over to you, Jill.
Poll:How can your group use this information to create the Online Collaboration Class?To divide workTo organize class contentTo direct development of the contentAll of the above
Using brainstorming and mind mapping allows your team to function as a networked system.
We’ve now completed our 3 real world scenarios.
We want to make sure you know some of the available Mind Mapping tools. Turn to page 14 of your Job Aid. Several Mind Map tools are listed for you to review. All of the screenshots today are from FreeMind. We’ve also listed a couple of 3D Mind Mapping tools for you on this slide. Jill has personally used Gephi, the first one and loves it.Speaking of mind mapping tools, let’s take a moment to find out your experience using them. Over to you, Jill!
Have any of you used these (or other) digital mindmapping tools? Are there any you would recommend?
Please type any questions you may have in the chat area.
It’s time to think about a project or a task that you’re working on. Don’t forget that page 15 of your job aid lists the URLs for several mind map tools. To jump start your thinking regarding what kind of problems Mind Mapping can solve, look at page 16. Finally, page 18 has the beginning of a Mind Map to help you get started. For some great ideas and inspiration for your own mind map, visit the website at the bottom of page 18. Please click the link on the screen to begin the survey. After you have completed the survey, feel free to disconnect. For anyone that has questions or issues accessing the survey, we’ll stay on the line. Thank you for attending our webinar.
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We’ve compiled a Icebreaker: Free eLearning Tools list of FREE eLearning tools! Collaboration eLearning Design Teamly Color Hunter Let’s Discuss! • Identify what’s really • Choose color theme for course Have you used any of important and get it done these tools? • Track achievements Design Comics • Collaborate with teammates Pegby • Free comic characters and If so, what was your scenes experience using • Collaborate using cards and moving them to different My Font Book them? statuses: Pending, In Progress, • Easily review/catalog all Done installed fonts If not, which tools might interest you, Video Conferencing Icons etc. and why? Can you Skype • Icons to fit any theme think of any Screenr projects you could • One on One Video Calling • Web-based screen recorder use them in? Google Hangout Big Huge Labs Do you have any • One on One and Group Video • Photo Editor creates jig saw free tool Calling puzzles, magazine covers, etc. suggestions that we could all benefit Forums from? eLearning Heros You will receive links toType in the chat area on the • Discussion, Templates, all of these tools viaright to discuss your Images, etc. email after the webinar.thoughts.
Adobe Connect Orientation Set Status Polls Chat
*Your “Go-To” Mind Mapping eTool for Innovative Problem Solving “We cant solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” - Einstein
**You will learn to use FreeMind, a Mind Mapping eTool*You will learn how to use Mind Mapping many different ways*You will work through 3 real life examples to learn and apply Mind Mapping Example 1: Example 2: Example 3: Graduate eLearning Webinar Student Course Project
* Interactivity HINT: Look in your Job Aid for help.Please answer the following question(s):* One of the major themes is Communication. Which of the following could be a Minor Theme for Communication? HINT: Look at page 6 of your Job Aid for help. Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* InteractivityPlease answer the following question(s):* Right, all of the above. Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* 4 1. Time management, organization and communication all require a system.
* 42. Starred items areessential infrastructure.Do them first!
* FreeMind Tip: Use icons to FreeMind Tip: describe Use nodes and color to emphasize importance. FreeMind Tip:Use font size and FreeMind Tip: Use bold to clouds to highlight emphasize or group importance
* InteractivityPlease answer the following question(s):* Now that we have reconsidered the information, which of these words are now the Main Themes? Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* InteractivityPlease answer the following question(s): Right, Develop System and Infrastructure are now the Main Themes. Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* Example 1: Example 2: Example 3: Graduate eLearning Webinar Student Course Project
*Have you ever had thishappen to you? Select an answer in the Poll area.
* Your boss says, “Jim, our lead salesman, isn’t producing. I need you to make a training program for him. This is all of the content you need. If you have any questions call Jennifer, she’s the expert.”
* We’re going to use our Mind Mapping knowledge to help us determine if training is the solution to this business problem.
* InteractiveYou’ve got a couple of options.1. You could start creating the course.2. You could start a Mind Map to ask some questions.Please answer the following question(s): *How does stopping to ask “Is training really the solution?” benefit your company or client? Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* Interactive Please answer the following question(s): of It can dramatically decrease the amount necessary training or it may indicate that no training is needed at all! Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* InteractiveWe know 2 things for sure.1. The boss wants Jim (and others) to sell more.2. He wants you to create a training program to make that happen. Please answer the following question(s): * Given what we have learned from Horton, select the question that should come first. Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* InteractivePlease answer the following question(s):What is the fundamental motivator? What is your BIG goal? Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
*Here are some examples of questions we might ask. Jim FreeMind Tip: Use icons to order importance.
* Interactive Here is what we know: 1. Company is profit driven 2. Jim need to improve sales by 7% 3. Jim sells routers and switches 4. Jim is a good salesman!Please answer the following question(s):* From the list, select the questions that still need to be answered? Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* InteractivePlease answer the following question(s):Yes, all of the above! Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* FreeMind Tip: Use this icon to direct the inquiry. Mind Mapping allows us to see the relationship between pieces of information
* 1. Customers buy routers and switches because were told they need them. 2. They have to trust Jim because they are buying “blind”(R&S are technical, the average customer knows nothing about them) 3. They have to believe Jim is an expert and that he will solve their problem.
* Interactive ?* The mind map identified steps 1-3. From the list, select the answer that describes Step 4. Select an answer in the Poll area.
* InteractivePlease answer the followingof the data. Step 4 is the analysis question(s): In this case it was the highlighting and grouping of “like” information. Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* * What customer’s need * Questions and Concerns * When they need it * What drives them to buy * Why they need it
* Interactive * What customers need * Questions and Concerns * When they need it * What drives them to buy * Why they need itPlease answer the following question(s):* What is the difference between Jim learning the items above instead of learning everything about routers and switches? Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
* InteractivePlease answer the following question(s): Jim can focus on learning ONLY the things he needs to know to be successful. Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
*Because we used a Mind Map, we’re not creating a useless coursewith a bunch of information. Instead, we’re focusing on the mostrelevant information.
* The ScenarioYour INTE Class group You decide to use You start by is creating a webinar mind mapping as a brainstorming the to teach “Online way to “jump start” topic or Central Idea. Collaboration.” the project.
* Rules of Brainstorming Write down EVERY idea – no matter how silly it seems Withhold criticism, editing and evaluation Welcome unusual ideas Focus on quantity HAVE FUN!
* Interactive Central Idea: Online CollaborationPlease answer the following question(s):* What are some words that come to your mind when we say “Online Collaboration?” Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
*Here are some of the results of our brainstorm for Online Collaboration.
* InteractiveRemember, your group is creating an Online Collaboration Class. There are only 3 people in your group and 5 categories. Which of the listed choices will best help your group organize the project? Select an answer in the Poll area.
* InteractiveEvaluate the data to see if you can breakit down even further. Select an answer in the Poll area.
* Minor Theme We will address the pitfalls proactively within other categories. x
* Minor Theme We re-categorized the information based on NEW patterns that emerged. Basically, we identified 3 new Main Themes.
* Interactive Mind Mapping Tools * Gephi * Bubble * Topiscape * Cacoo * FreeMind * Crystal Mapping Please answer the following question(s): * Have you used any of these Mind Mapping tools? Are there any others you would recommend? Please type your answer in the chat box to the lower right.
**Available Mind Mapping Tools*Instructional Application*Helpful WebsitePlease click here to begin our survey.