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Concept Mapping

Application of Virtual Reality in the Entertainment Industry

Concept Map

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Description of Concept Mapping

Concept mapping can be defined an approach for visually demonstrating the structure of information. The process involves the use of concept maps, which are graphs that comprise of nodes with connecting arcs that indicate the relationship between the nodes (Wayne State University, 2007).

Why We Use Concept Mapping As A Thinking and Organizational Tool

The use of concept mapping as a thinking and organizational tool emanates from the fact that knowledge is vast which makes it difficult to easily understand various concepts. In order to structure and organize knowledge in an effective way, concept mapping is imperative (Novak, and Canas, 2008). Concepts mapping assists in summarizing information therefore making it easy to understand. For instance in the context of the case study, as a consultant in order to present the vast information about the selected industry to implement VR, preparation of the concept map was useful.

Business are required to be innovative and creative at all times due to the dynamic nature of the business environment. The use of concept mapping as a thinking and organizational tool is therefore essential. There are two characteristics of a concept map that that are significant in supporting creative thinking, this include the capability to characterize and look for different cross- links and the hierarchical arrangement (Novak and Canas,2008).

Concept mapping is also used as an organizational tool because it can effectively support learning. Many organizations spend a lot of time in constructing collective understanding of occurrences. Learning is therefore considered an essential component in developing collective understanding of situations. It is within an environment of meaning creation that learning can take place. The use of concept making is therefore useful in supporting educational learning (Sutherlanda and Katz, 2005).

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Concept Mapping

One basic strength of concept mapping is that it provides a synopsis of information and therefore making the information easy to understand. One is able to get an overview of the facts presented easily when following the structure of the map. In addition, concept maps also assist in brainstorming ideas therefore increasing the level of critical thinking concerning a certain subject (Landsberger, 2010).

Concept mapping also has the strength of creating connectivity. It provides an opportunity to show the relationship between various variables, as a result, one can get a good overview of related components.

A weakness of concept mapping is that the top- down approach that is used in structuring the map is not effective in demonstrating sequential concepts such as developments, timelines and process. In addition, the format makes it challenging to effectively demonstrate a big number of items that are related (Eppler, 2006).

My Experience with Concept Mapping

I must confess that my experience when using concept mapping during the task was not very easy. I experienced the challenge of trying to format the concepts in order to show the relationship in the concepts. However, I was finally able to come up with a clear structure after organizing the information that I needed to represent. After several trials I was able to develop a more clear structure.

The concept map helped me to understand and organize the research topic in the sense that after identifying my topic ; how VR can be applied in the entertainment industry , I was able to categorize various key areas such as the benefits , application and the technological and social issues that relate to the topic. I was then able to represent the facts in a simple and understandable way by showing their relationship. Concept mapping therefore provides a clear direction of representing my ideas.


Eppler, M. A. (2006). Comparison between concept maps, mind maps, conceptual diagrams, and visual metaphors as complementary tools for knowledge construction and sharing. Information Visualization. (2006) 5, p 202 – 210.

Landsberger, J.F. (2010). Concept — or mind-mapping: Explanation. Study Guides and Strategies.
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Novak, J and Canas, A. (2008). The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them. IHMC.

Sutherlanda, S and Katz, S. (2005). Concept mapping methodology: A catalyst for organizational learning. Evaluation and Program Planning. 28 (2005) 257–269.

Wayne State University. (2007). The Effects of Concept Mapping as Advance Organizers in Instructional Designs for Distance Learning Programs. ProQuest