Flexible Learning Improving Student Engagement: Higher Education, Software

By Stella Maria Walsh and Peter F. Cullen.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The purpose of this paper is to explore the role and effective use of the Inspiration Mind Mapping Software with students in Higher Education. The paper focuses on the research undertaken with final year undergraduate students on the BA (Hons) Retail Marketing Management course at Leeds Metropolitan University. These students are encouraged to be creative and independent thinkers, but hitherto had little exposure to mind mapping techniques to aid learning. The project used the Inspiration software to integrate mind mapping techniques into the learning process. Students were encouraged and evaluated in using mind maps in different learning scenarios.

Keywords: Flexible Learning, Software

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.123-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.120MB).

Stella Maria Walsh

Postgraduate Programme Leader, Hospitality and Retailing, International Faculty, Hospitality and Retail Marketing Management, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

I have a long standing interest in the subjects of food and food retailing. I am registered for a PhD and the research focus is Older Women and Food Choice. I am a representative on the Food Standards Agency and Department of Health, Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN).I have extensive teaching experience in higher education and experience in contributing to the development and validation of a range of courses and innovation in teaching and learning strategies. I have published several refereed articles for academic and professional journals, book chapters and conference papers on food and consumer issues.

Peter F. Cullen

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Hospitality and Retailing, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK


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