This week we were given a task to do a mind mapping of our topic of studies, then to discuss and map it out in a study group. Since I and the other students in the study group only meet online (via Skype), this could at first seem to be challenging – especially if we all were going to do a conference with audio. Our worries quickly revealed to be misguided. Although we were of to a slow start, it really came together and we were able to work seamlessly with the task at hand.

Another issue we were facing was the lack of ability to work together in person on a mindmapping board like the on-campus students. It would therefore be practical that we all used the same system so that we could get a reference to how and where the mapping was created into graphics. Installing a software would therefore prove challenging, since the software would have to be compatible with different hardware (PC/MAC) and different OS-versions. Our choice therefore landed on the website Text2Mindmap. It is online, free of charge, quickly accessible (no download time) and easy to use.

The group decided that only one of us would do the mapping, whilst the discussion was happening through Skype. Since I was the one selected to do this, I faced a few challenges. The biggest challenge was to organize the flow of information and keywords, selecting which keywords or -phrases deserved to be a category/branch and which was just an end-node. Also, trying to sort out the information to avoid duplicates was another issue. A keyword in digital forensics, like “tablet”, could easily be put under categories such as Devices or Sources. The challenge was therefore to create a category that both separated and included the terminology, leaving nothing out – and not duplicating content.

The participants of the group were:
Johan Wedel (myself)
S.S. Baar
M.A. Helliksen
C.L. Aasekjær
I.L. Westeng

PBL-mindmap