MindMeister and The Polyphonic Form of Teaching

This is a guest post by Niels Jakob Pasgaard who is the owner of the Edidaktik.dk website. eDidaktik.dk presents a Pedagogical Framework which is based on a distinction between a monological, a dialogical and a polyphonic form of teaching. This post is created from extracts from the eDidaktik.dk website.

The polyphonic form of teaching

The polyphonic form of teaching is based on K.E. L√łgstrup idea, that knowledge is created through an equal exchange of many different individuals’ perception of the world. Learning is the student’s participation in this exchange.

The teacher and student jointly select the subject matter, that is to be worked with in the classroom. They are equal in this process, just as they are in their subsequent efforts to process the subject matter and produce common knowledge within the field.


The learning outcome can not easily be measured within a polyphonic form of teaching, but others can subsequently test the validity of the knowledge created in the community of practice, which contributes to the accumulated knowledge within the field.

Especially tools that support equal collaboration and the production of common knowledge are relevant within the polyphonic form of teaching, where the equal collaboration on production of knowledge is a key element.

MindMeister in Education

Mindmeister is a free mind mapping tool, which allows students to co-create and co-edit mind maps.

MindMeister is suitable primarily for use in the polyphonic form of teaching.

Within the polyphonic form of teaching MindMeister can be used by students to create common mind maps, for generating ideas prior to common writing assignments, project work and similar tasks. Students can, simultaneously, enroll their ideas in the mindmap and they can comment on and build on each other’s ideas in real-time, and also the teacher has the ability to read and participate in the common generation of ideas. An online mind map can also serve as a tool to manage the collaboration process between a group of students. By the help of Mindmeisters ‘history’ feature, which allows you to see how a mind map has evolved since it’s creation, it can also be used as students’ documentation of their idea-generation and collaborative process.

This is a guest post by Niels Jakob Pasgaard who is the owner of the Edidaktik.dk website. eDidaktik.dk presents a Pedagogical Framework which is based on a distinction between a monological, a dialogical and a polyphonic form of teaching. This post is created from extracts from the eDidaktik.dk website.