Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Clark Quinn, who's at the E-Learning Guild conference, draws a mind-map of John Patrick's keynote on the future of the internet and implications for learning. It's a good mind-map. But. Hasn't anyone noticed that mindmaps have the same logical structure as threaded lists? And, therefore, the same logical structure as a hierarchy, taxonomy, and all the rest of it? Drawing circles and arrows doesn't change the nature of what is a very basic (and simplistic) organizational structure. This is why I've long been sceptical about mind maps - they don't add anything to the mix. If I write clear notes, and indent, exactly the same organization and content is there. (By contrast, look at the diagram in this post, summarizing a talk by Marc Rosenberg. It's basically a table, but brings in an implicit third (temporal) dimension with the large arrow).

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