I struggled with creating this mind map. Firstly, because I was ill and secondly I think I overthought the assignment. Because I am not an educator, nor have I created learning tools; I feel left behind. I ‘googled’ and read all of the available information I could find. I reached out to my sorority sisters who are educators and asked them if they had ever heard of a ‘mind map’. Most of them hadn’t, but had heard of something called a ‘thought map’, which I think we determined was probably the same thing. Needless to say, my fever-addled brain was not absorbing anything. Eventually the fog cleared and I read the assignment again. The result is the image to the left. It’s a little lopsided, but I think it captures all my connections.
I have found that this course has facilitated me better understanding not only how students learn, but more importantly how I learn. Creating the map has allowed me to explore all the ways I receive instruction. I truly believe that every experience is a learning experience and the pictorial has allowed me to document that. One of the central components of connectivism is the importance of networks. By using these networks – of people, of technology, of social structures, of systems, of power grids, etc. – learning communities can share their ideas with others, thereby “cross-pollinating” the learning environment.’ (Davis, 2008) My technological network has relied heavily on GOOGLE. That is my go-to when I am fact-checking or searching for new information. I like the way it lists links that are closely-related to my search, but also things that may be on the periphery. This relates to another component of connectivism: chaos theory. Unrelated events, when studied together, may create a pattern that can show relevance beyond the individual events themselves. (Davis, 2008)
I will continue to build on my mind map to see if I can fine-tune my learning connections. I can also see how this toll can be beneficial for future use, both professionally and personally.
Davis, C, Edmunds, E, & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved <insert date>, from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/