I’m working on the Teacher for Learning Activities at Ontario Extend and have just encountered the Syllabus Concept Map activity. Inspired by Greg Rodrigo’s map (found at Rocket Fuelled Squirrels on an Adventure), I decided to give it a try using HLTH 326 – Information Systems and Technology, a course I developed for Fleming College. The course covers both IT and IS, but is also a repository for a variety of other topics which didn’t fit anywhere else in the Health Information Management Program. This means that topics such as Workflow Analysis are found in the syllabus. As you’ll see from the concept map, this course covers a lot of ground.
I often advocate the use of mind maps and similar approaches to my students as a way to make notes and encourage recall. For the Extend Activity, I decided not to use Mind Map Pro which I have at home and try out a tool that may be of use to my students. I tried out Bubbl.us which is a free (up to 3) web-based mind-mapping tool. It was very easy to use and I’ll be adding that to my list of tool recommendations for my students.
The results of creating the concept map only confirm my thoughts. That there is way too much to cover in this course. I’d previously identified that some of the topics that could be shifted to other parts of the HIM program and work on that was initiated. The concept map makes me realize I need to look at it again and see where else balancing can be done.