Sunday, March 13, 2016

Part Deux: The feedback cometh. Pofessor Toni Krasnic.

In answer to: The Evolution of the Visual Mapper (Part Deux)?

Toni Krasnic @ConciseLearning an academic and author of Concise Learning-student success is laser focused on the academic use of in particular Mind mapping in school-college-university settings.

Do you believe the Visual/Knowledge mapping arena has experienced a measurable advancement since the publication of the original article?

I haven't seen any real advancement in use of Visual/Knowledge mapping in schools.

If yes: what do you believe have been the most relevant advancements?

If not: what have been the most notable failures of advancement?

Students and teachers are still struggling to see the real benefits to use of Visual/Knowledge mapping in academia. They're not to blame; visual/knowledge mapper are. We haven't done our job in clearly explaining, via real life examples and user stories, how visual/knowledge mapping can benefit students and teachers.

In addition, when we have told stories, we have focused on the visual mapping process, rather than benefits, which has not helped with adoption. For example, many students still perceive visual/knowledge mapping as a drawing exercise they did in Kindergarten and first grade and is not useful in higher ed.

To advance the use of visual/knowledge mapping, we have to carefully choose our stories that we tell, and then tell lots of them and often.

What are the consequences for the arena based on advancements and/or failures?

We're still at a point where visual/Knowledge mapping is a novelty in schools, even after many decades of existence.

Are we there yet as a mainstream addition or alternative to established productivity tool-sets?

I haven't seen a mainstream addition although MindMeister is certainly making an impact.

How do you envision the future of Visual/Knowledge mapping arena.

Use of new technology/ideas spreads when there's a clear benefit to adopting them. Visual/Knowledge mapping arena will struggle until we clearly make a demonstration of benefits from its use. These stories have to come from common users, not just mappers, to have the most impact and relevance.

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