Module 4~ Help me, help me. I’m lost in information overload!!! I need Concept Mapping.

I have visited blogs that tried to deliver too much information in one glance. It can be confusing to experience information overload when trying to gather data of your own.

I have incorporated elements of Concept Mapping into my blog to guide the user. Really I have, and to prove it let’s put it to the test. For the next five minutes you will test my theory. You will decide if my design is a result of Concept Mapping. Ready, set, but wait a minute. What is Concept Mapping anyway? That’s an easy one.

Concept mapping is a pictorial way of constructing, gathering, sharing and organizing information through a graphical tool. It is a strategy that consists of nodes that represent concepts, cross links that are labeled and directional arrows. This type of mapping is an explanation about concepts with nodes, crosslinks and labels. A concept map is structured, simple-to-read and graphically displays a message.

Get the picture? Simple right? Dan Roam commented, “The heart of any system connects to all the main components…” (184). One characteristic of Concept Mapping is that the concepts are represented in a hierarchical fashion. OK. Let’s go with that (Click to enlarge map).

So, in reviewing my blog, context is the first step towards the Focus Question? “Does My Blog Contain Concept Mapping?” Now you can identify and list key concepts(Click to enlarge map):

The next step is to rank the order of the concepts(Click to enlarge map):

Are you ready? You can now construct an initial Concept Mapping of my blog….drum roll please(Click to enlarge map):

All of the concepts are in some way related to one another. The Concept Mapping now has links to concepts and additional concepts have been added. Cross links are described by Joseph D. Novak & Alberto J. Cañas, “These are links between concepts in different segments or domains of knowledge on the map that help to illustrate how these domains are related to one another. Cross-links are key to show that the learner understands the relationships between the sub-domains in the map.”

As you can see I have incorporated one tool into my blog called Concept Mapping. It is depicted in the design by illustrating key aspects that inform the user through highlighting links, labels and crosslinks that are connected and seen by arrows to bring the context into a clearer view making it easier to understand. In my blog the links, categories, images, videos, etc. all connect to one another. In a sense it avoids information overload by its presentation (Click to enlarge map).

Do you see what I see? Concept Mapping!!!

                                                    Works cited

Novak, Joseph D., and Alberto J. Cañas. The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them. 2006. 19 Mar. 2012 <http://cmap.ihmc.us/Publications/ResearchPapers/TheoryCmaps/TheoryUnderlyingConceptMaps.htm&gt;.

Roam, D. (2009). The back of the napkin: Solving problems and selling ideas with pictures. New York: Penguin Group.

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I am a student at Empire State College going for my Master's Degree in Adult Learning. I will graduate in 2016. My first BS is in Business, Management and Economics. My second is in Cultural Studies:Writing. I have written an autobiographical anthology and a screenplay called, "Cheaters, Sinners and Saints" in the thriller genre. I have also written a how to pet psychic reading book. Want a query letter? :-)

9 Responses to Module 4~ Help me, help me. I’m lost in information overload!!! I need Concept Mapping.

  1. Scott says:

    Hi Danelle, I really like the mapping and concepts of this blog. Very helpful and I may adopt some of it myself.

    My only concern is that the graphics are a bit fuzzy and hard to read unless you enlarge them. The outlined text at the top is VERY hard to read at that small size, you should really make it much bigger if you’re going to use that font effect.

    All in all though, I like the blogs content.

    • Thank you for your feedback. I agree with your posting. Some text is too small and some of my images are a little fuzzy. It is unfortunate that unless I upgrade in WordPress my ability to change and manipulate the fonts is limited. When choosing a design there are only so many options given. I used a website called Bubbl.us to create my graphs. Once again I am limited to having a clearer focus as I enlarged my designs to the max. I enjoyed the mapping and breaking down the elements of my blog into a simple diagram. I was able to see my vision threw the arrows, crosslinks, nodes and concepts. It was time consuming, but I think the end justified the means. Thank you for liking the blog content.
      Danelle 🙂

    • I did learn something. That if you place your cursor over the light words you were referring to, they are highlighted in a dark background for readability.
      Thanks.
      Danelle 🙂

  2. Pam Wood says:

    You did a great job explaining concept mapping and you made it interesting. Your graphics are a little fuzzy but still easy to understand. I like the lined paper look of your blog and think the poll is a great idea to see who visits other than us with our assignments. Pam

    • Thank you for your feedback. I agree with your posting. Some of my images are a little fuzzy. I used a website called Bubbl.us to create my graphs. I was limited to having a clearer focus as I enlarged my designs to the max. I enjoyed the mapping and breaking down the elements of my blog into a simple diagram. I was able to see my vision threw the arrows, crosslinks, nodes and concepts. It was time consuming, but I think the end justified the means. I believe the number one goal of any designer is to make it interesting and to keep the user reading. I found the notebook look to be perfect as people doodle and draw on it. It’s almost a symbol to keep learning (from the old school days with lined paper).

      Danelle 🙂

  3. Helen says:

    Hi there,

    I thinkk you did a nice job explaining content mapping. I liked how you include a video, amd thought that “Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning” (remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating) was especially relevant to this topics. I had trouble reading the concept maps you presented, it appears that the horizontal and vertical sizes are not proportional, because the words are almost impossible to read. Maybe you can try uploading them again and not distorting the size. I liked how you included links to other articles and really liked the countdown to the end of the semester. We’re almnost there!!

    Helen

    • Thank you for the feedback. WordPress is definitely an interesting tool to use. If you click on the graphs they appear to be clear. I was searching Google images looking for concept mapping graphs when there before my eyes were my three graphs. When I clicked on them they were easy to read. I used a website that gave you the bare minimum to work with, Bubbl.us. I enjoyed creating my thoughts into a visual format. I did feel that the Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning seemed to intertwine in the mapping process for a user. I thought my countdown was appropriate for the class.

      Have a great day!!!
      Danelle 🙂

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    • Thank you and have a great day!!!

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