What is a Concept Map? Concept maps are a graphical tool used to visualize relationships that occur between different concepts and ideas. They have a philosophical basis and are often used to organize and present knowledge. Typically concept maps have a hierarchical structure, with a main concept or idea, and subordinate concepts or sub-topics connected to it by labelled arrows with linking phrases, such as "depends on", "due to", "gives rise to", "involves", "results in", "contributes to", "includes", "is required by", and others.
The technique of concept mapping was developed as a constructive way of representing knowledge in science and increasing the meaningfulness of learning. Now, the creation of a concept map is extremely helpful when used in education as learning and teaching techniques that assist memorization. Concept maps are also used for idea generation in brainstorming sessions, and for detailing the structure of complex ideas.
How does one make a concept map easily and quickly? The Concept Maps Solution represents a large collection of concept map samples, examples, and templates. Also included is a library of pre-drawn vector stencils that convert ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 into a professional concept map maker. This capability makes it exceptionally effective for concept mapping.
The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Concept Maps Solution; they demonstrate a portion of the solution's capabilities and the professional results you can achieve.
All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio XML, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Concept Maps Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO v9.5 users.
Example 1: Concept Map — Internet Marketing
This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Concept Map Library from the Concept Map Solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.
This concept map shows internet marketing components and main principles. It is a large and complex diagram, but with the use of different shapes, colors and gradations it is easy for understanding, perception and remembering. Concept map diagrams can be successfully used in presentations, conferences, and reviews.
Example 2: Concept Map — Online Shop
This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Concept Maps Library from the Concept Maps Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.
This concept map shows the components of an online shop. This diagram is visual and bright. Each group has its own color that lowers intensity with increasing the distance from the main idea. Each new level of elements uses its own shape, this better highlights differentiation in the map.
Example 3: Concept Map — Team Psychological Characteristics
This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Concept Maps Library from the Concept Maps Solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.
This sample shows a concept map that depicts a team’s psychological characteristics. The concept map is very convenient tool for such diagrams, it allows visually represent all important details. For greater clarity the main ideas are brightly highlighted with color. You can easy highlight the ideas at your discretion.
Example 4: Concepts v2, November, 19 2008
This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Concept Map Library from the Concept Map Solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.
This Concept Diagram demonstrates the relationships between one country and a group of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). This diagram has also the legend. It’s very easy, convenient, and quick to create professional looking concept diagrams in ConceptDraw PRO using the predesigned objects.