25.We held a Mind Map Seminar♪


On Thursday, February 26, 2015, we held a “Mind Map Seminar” in the Communication Room.

25-1sWe invited Ms. Sakakibara from the University of Nagoya Gender Equality Office and had her teach us about the basics of mind mapping.

It seems that many teachers here at University of Yamanashi also use self-taught mind mapping skills.

But do you ever feel that you’re not exactly using the mind mapping skills to the fullest even after you put them into practice by reading detailed books about them? …I know I felt that way (ha ha ha). I myself had the experience of breaking the barriers of self-education by taking a legitimate mind mapping course.  That is why I specifically wanted to invite an instructor who could give us a constructive lecture with information that can immediately put into use in the realm of research, education, and family life (including life events!) of researchers.

But of course… where would I find an instructor who could provide such explicit guidance??25-3s

…Then, I was astonished to read a newsletter sent to us from the University of Nagoya Gender Equality Office.

There she was! And she even works for gender equality, the same field as our office. The ideal instructor I was desperately looking for is right here!!!

So that is how this long-awaited seminar finally materialized! Much gratitude to University of Nagoya and to Ms. Sakakibara!

Our communication room really came alive with a total of 14 participants who signed up for the seminar. Some of them were students and teachers who had no prior knowledge of mind mapping, whose simple question was “What is mind mapping?” Other participants were teachers who though they had self-taught themselves with mind mapping skills, they nevertheless felt that they had hit a wall.

The “brain work-out” activity in which the participants were asked to draw a picture of a given word must have been a unique and rare experience. For the participants who boldly took on this challenge, we thank you for your hard work (ha ha ha).

The participants also enjoyed another activity where they divided themselves into 3 to 4 groups, regardless of gender or position, and shared each other’s inspiration and images♪.

And of course, Ms. Sakakibara provided us with guidance as to how we should draw up a map in our mind, as well as many specific examples particular to a university environment. At The University of Nagoya, mind map seminars are actively held, and it is said that the total number of participants has risen to 300.  As a result, many of the students and teachers are utilizing mind mapping skills in matters such as the university’s open-campus materials, class curriculum and papers, and even poster sessions at academic meetings!  How wonderful is that! It sounds like so much fun!

Also, as teachers and instructors, our teaching staff here at University of Yamanashi must have had much to learn from Ms. Sakakibara’s talk based on her own experience as a teacher who is heavily involved with education.

For those who participated in this seminar, we hope that you will continue drawing up images and that one day, you will be confident enough to say that you have your very own mind map.

If you come up with any new questions or find that you have some doubts about 25-4syour mind mapping skills, please feel free to visit our office. Our “mind mappers” will be more than happy to “follow up” with guidance and advice.

We are looking forward to hearing many of your experiences using mind mapping skills in your studies, research and everyday life!