Friday, January 24, 2014

Concept Maps and how to use them

A few days we posted about concept maps and our resources through FreeNurseTutor, but we realize concept mapping can confuse both new educators and nursing students. Because of that, we wanted to point you towards a few resources that might clear up the confusion.

Concept Mapping for the Slightly Confused: This web-based slideshow walks you through each step of the concept mapping process from describing the purpose and intent of a concept map to walking you through what information to enter and how to enter it. Because of it's simplicity, I find this to be one of the clearest descriptions of concept mapping out there. 

Concept Mapping Concepts by Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence: This post has about half a dozen examples of concept maps along with details on how to integrate these into a nursing or medial classroom. All the tips are written for instructors in a more detailed way than the first slideshow. 

NursingConceptMapping.com: We can't say enough good things about this website. The whole website is a free resource for concept mapping. It has a Concept Mapping library, lesson plans listed under "Activities" and videos on making associations

Hopefully this helps both our students and instructors navigate the world of concept mapping!