Jevita Poer - Blink

Liz Engebretson - The Tipping Point

Kirsten Stevens - Here Comes Everybody

The very first posting about this experiment with Luther College students was on October 23, 2009. (You can get some background there.) Dr. Tim Schweizer (who took my Idea Mapping workshop in August 2009) led the experiment.  Every semester since then Tim has taught Idea Mapping to his Principles of Management students at the beginning of each semester. Each student reads the first 5 chapters of my Idea Mapping book and then Tim teaches them the “how to’s.”

During one of the activities the students randomly pick one book from the box of books pre-selected by Tim and then read. After 40 minutes of reading they have 15 minutes to map their thoughts. The instructions were that the idea maps were not supposed to be summaries, but they would be reflection pieces on the reading.

So today I’m sharing three Idea Maps from students who attended the Spring 2011 semester. The first one was created by Jevita Poer on the book “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell. The second example was done by Liz Engebretson on the book “The Tipping Point” also by Malcolm Gladwell. The final idea mapping example is shared by Kirsten Stevens on the book “Here Comes Everybody” by Clay Shirky. Thanks to all for sharing.

To see more examples from these students search this blog for “Luther College.” If you are interested in purchasing Dr. Schweizer’s recently published 15-page article describing this experiment in detail, it was published by The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.  The cost for the printed version is $10 and $5 for the electronic version. If you are an educator this article is a MUST.