Interactive maps in an ESL eLearning course

This brief video shows two simple examples of interactive maps in an eLearning course.

You can explore the course “How to Write a Tourist Guide” here.

Some interesting readings:

1. Tips for keeping your course “light” by using learning mapsThis article describes the design process of learning maps. It briefly refers to the steps you need to follow to structure the information and organise relevant resources. It also outlines some benefits of the design process and some recommendations. Maybe, you want to try these techniques in your future projects either to present an overall picture of the course at the beginning or to reinforce some key concepts at the end.

2. Top 5 ways to use mind maps for elearning: This article presents 5 techniques to leverage the power of Mind Maps. In my opinion, the first technique, [better] planning, is one of the key benefits of Mind Maps in education. In my sample course, I used a semantic, interactive map at the end, in order to help students identify the key concepts and then, plan and organise their ideas more effectively. In her article, Andrea Leyden also highlights that mind maps can foster brainstorming of ideas and connections among different topics, which leads to a deeper understanding. She provides a mind map of “The Benefits of Using Online Mind Maps for eLearning” created with a new free elearning environment called Exam Time 

3. A new metaphor for eLearning: This is the article that inspired me to create the first screen of my sample course. Here, Kasper Spiro states that “the old book-metaphor with chapters and pages is well suited for linear courses, but it doesn’t work for more flexible individual approaches of e-Learning.” Bravo! He supports this statement with great examples from outside the eLearning world.I highly recommend this reading and also, try to read it again, once in a while, it is indeed a nice reminder of how we can “add value to our content and create richer learning environments.”  

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One thought on “Interactive maps in an ESL eLearning course

  1. Using of an interactive maps in an ESL learning course is a great idea. Then when you mouse over a specific destination it will show you the title and a brief introduction about that topic or course. You can also add a man that will travel from one destination to another to view the course.

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