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Project Topic Mind Map

Jeff Wilson
The University of Texas at Brownsville
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This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection

This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. The five categories included in the process are

  • Scientific Accuracy
  • Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
  • Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
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This page first made public: Apr 5, 2010


This map assignment is used in my undergraduate science course to help students generate ideas on their term paper topic.

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Lower level earth science course, generally for non-majors.

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How the activity is situated in the course

First assignment for term paper.


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Interactions between topic ideas.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Visualization of relationships.

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Determining whether students have met the goals

Complete all parts with photos/figures/sketches.

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