Case study: MindMeister

Collaborative revision using MindMeister with Microsoft Teams

Author:  Jess Macbeth – Senior Lecturer , School of Sport and Wellbeing

Challenge 

The first assignment in the module is an In-Class Test where students are required to write short essays applying sociological theory to contemporary social issues in sport.

Solution

Having introduced our second year Sport & PE to Microsoft Teams in September (see Andy Sprake’s blog post), we thought they (and we) were ready for their next challenge… concept mapping using MindMeister. The first assignment in the module is an In-Class Test where students are required to write short essays applying sociological theory to contemporary social issues in sport. We had already set up a bespoke ‘Collaborative Revision and Discussion’ channel on their module Team but were also keen to introduce concept mapping as a potential revision method. The second assignment in their module requires students to develop research proposals in three different formats, one being a concept map (in addition to an Ignite Talk and Written Proposal). So, it made sense to introduce students to concept maps well in advance of this. After an introduction to concept mapping and an initial brainstorming activity, we spent the next session in a PC lab where the students worked in three groups (each focusing on a different issue) to develop maps using MindMeister in Teams.

Impact

 As with any activity, some students were really engaged, others less so. Whilst most were confident using the software, others needed more tutor and peer support. Feedback at the end of the session was that all students considered the MindMeister software to be the best they had used for this purpose (they had used MindView in first year). The hope now is that students revisit and develop these as collaborative revision maps as they prepare for their In-Class Test in January. Currently MindMeister is only available to our students via Teams as the university do not have a licence.

So, whilst it can be a great collaborative tool within Teams, accessing multiple individual maps with the necessary functions to submit an interactive map, comes at a cost. Alternatively, the Edu Campus package provides all the required functions and a considerably discounted monthly subscription rate for a minimum of 20 licences, something we might consider trialling within the School.