WebspirationPRO How To's - Understand Complex Information with a Concept Map
How to Concept Map - Understand Complex Information
With so much information readily at our fingertips, we are expected to process, understand and apply knowledge faster than ever before. Using the power of visual thinking and learning, concept maps help us organize, represent, and better understand complex concepts and information. A concept map is a way of representing relations between ideas, images or words using symbols and links. Concept maps can be used to represent any type of information and are often used for simple tasks such as note taking and summarizing key concepts. Use a concept map with a team to communicate your vision and gain shared understanding of goals.
To create a concept map:
- Select a title and a main idea for your concept map.
- Create subtopics including facts and ideas that are associated to but represent different aspects of your main idea. Subtopics can later be regrouped and arranged in a hierarchical structure to better represent relationships between information.
- The recommended number of key ideas is between 10 and 20.
- Limit topics and subtopics to three words maximum.
- Label the relationships between ideas with linking words, so that your concept map paths read like sentences.
- Need a linking word or phrase? Try one of these: example, leads to, influenced by, results in, depends on, develops into, part of, such as, and a, gives rise to, contributes to.
- Use visual elements (color, shape, pictures) to enhance your concept map.
To create a concept map in WebspirationPRO:
1. Open a new WebspirationPRO diagram or click the Templates/Examples button on the Starter screen to open the ready-made Concept Map template.
2. Type the name of a system or concept you want to understand in the Main Idea symbol.
3. Create subtopics by using the RapidFire® or Create tools.
4. Use the Link tool to connect the subtopics with your main idea.
5. Add linking words or phrases by clicking on each link and typing a linking word or phrase so the map reads like a sentence. Check for cross links between different map sections.
6. To help you remember concepts, take your concept map a step further and use images from WebspirationPRO’s Symbol Library or insert your own images to replace concepts.