At a Glance


  • Social sciences

Instructional Level

  • University

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Reviewing & assessing peers
  • Creating & designing
  • Revising & improving
  • Presenting

Technical Details


  • Single class period (< 90 mins)

Instructional Purpose

  • Application & knowledge building
  • Assessment & knowledge refinement


In this version of a gallery walk, students create mind maps, showcase them in the classroom, and peer-review each other’s mind maps.

Students begin this activity in class and, with the instructor’s help, choose a topic related to the course material that they would like to study in depth. At home, students research their chosen topic and put together a mind map that highlights the key concepts and details related to their researched topic. The mind maps can include colour, images, text, or whatever media the student would like to incorporate to convey information.

After the mind maps are completed at home, students bring them into class for a “museum day”. Students place their mind maps on the walls of the classroom, and tables and chairs are moved into the centre of the room to give ample space for walking around. Students then take turns viewing their peers’ mind maps and presenting their own mind maps to their peers. Students listening to presenters are encouraged to ask questions and leave comments (using sticky notes) beside the presenter’s mind map. The activity is finished when every student has presented and has a chance to view and comment on their peers’ mind maps.

Students then go home and read through the commentary their peers gave them on their mind map. They are then encouraged to modify their mind maps based on the commentary. This activity finishes with students submitting their mind maps for instructor evaluation.

Instructional Objectives

  • Students will be able to create a mind map
  • Students will be able to identify the relationships between the different concepts presented in their maps
  • Students will be able to justify the structure and content of their mind maps to their peers

Workflow & Materials


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Contributor's Notes

Philippe Caignon

Philippe Caignon

Concordia University, Montreal


This is a great activity for students to peer review each other’s work and to receive feedback before submitting their project for assessment by the instructor. The gallery walk allows students to present multiple times to small groups, which means they receive more feedback than they would if they were to present to the entire class at once.


Some students might not want to change their mind map based on the feedback they receive. Also, students must learn how to give positive, critical feedback.


Before the gallery walk, discuss with students how to give constructive criticism. Encourage students to take their peers’ feedback seriously to improve their mind map projects.

Applied Strategies


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