Feb. 11 workshop: Map out new ways to promote learning

Olusola-Adesope-80PULLMAN, Wash. – At the next faculty-led workshop, associate professor Sola Adesope will discuss how concept mapping can promote students’ critical-thinking skills.

“Mind Mapping” will be at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in CUE 518, Washington State University, and will be live streamed. Lunch will be provided. Please register here.

Concept mapping – which requires drawing relationships between concepts (see example) – is better than text for making students think deeply about how ideas are connected, Adesope said.

“I could use the words pneumonia, antibiotics and bacteria and come up with a sentence,” he said. “With concept maps you have to look at what causes what, what can be cured with what, what can kill what – you’re using deep critical thinking, which promotes learning.”

Adesope, of the College of Education, is one of the world’s leading researchers on concept mapping. He will share information from his published research as well as new studies that are under review for publication.

The workshop is sponsored by the Provost’s Office, Teaching Academy and WSU Learning Innovations. Upcoming topics include flipping the classroom, reaching first-generation students and academic integrity. For the full schedule and sign-up info, go to the faculty-led trainings page.