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Visualisation: visual representations of data and information
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9.3 Mind-mapping tools (optional)

This page expands on issues discussed in section 4.

If you have never seen – or used – a mind-mapping tool, you may like to try one out. It can be helpful for note taking, mapping out your understanding of a topic, or planning out the structure of a document or presentation.

Search for the terms ‘mind mapping application’ or ‘mind mapping software’ with your favourite search engine to find a tool, and then familiarise yourself with the sorts of diagram these tools can produce.

To get you started, two tools I particularly like are:

Using whichever tool you prefer, see if you can create a simple mind map of the topics covered in Sections 1, 2 and 3 of this course.

Related to mind mapping is concept mapping. The Open University’s KMi research department has led the development of Compendium, which is one such concept-mapping tool.