Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Making Smarter Decisions

Kevin Hoffberg of Decision Quality has a nice presentation:Making Smart Decisions

I particularly like his straightforward process for making a difficult decision:

bCisive Online and bCisive desktop are flexible enough to apply these steps.  Give it a try!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Anecdotal proof that argument mapping helps with essay writing

Bali-based educationalist and teacher trainer Steve Bolton has been getting results with Rationale.  He writes:
Finally some proof that argument mapping works. My current class have been reeling off fantastic essays after planning them using argument maps. Here we can see low and high tech versions. Today a student handed me a six-page (A4) map of an essay, and while I am clueless about Novi’s field of study, I can follow her reasoning with ease. Exciting stuff!
My emphasis.

We already know that argument mapping improves critical thinking [pdf].  Of course seeing the results in one's own classroom must be extremely gratifying.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

How your computer can help you think

Here's a nice video tutorial from Thomas Teepe about using mind-mapping software for problem-solving:

His technique of using a "mentor map" which captures abstract process to help build a more concrete "work map" is nice, and neatly addresses the problem of "starting with a blank screen".

Building your own "mentor map" is a great way of organizing the processes that one finds personally useful, and the overall process looks like it should be easy to learn.

Note that whereas in mind-mapping tools one must be use multiple windows, all of Austhink's products support multiple maps per workspace.

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When we add user-editable template support to bCisive Online, we should also consider including a starter "mentor map", as an out-of-the-box template.
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