UNIV and Conceptual Diagrams

El UNIV y esquemas conceptuales // Use of MIND MAPS:

“One of the major tools of systems analysis is systems thinking.  Basically, systems thinking is a way of helping a person to view systems from a broad perspective that includes seeing overall structures, patterns, and cycles in systems, rather than seeing only specific events in the system.  This broad view can help you to quickly identify the real causes of issues … and know just where to work to address them” (http://www.managementhelp.org/systems/systems.htm).

I’d like to discuss here two very important tools of systems thinking that I’ve found most helpful: the construction of (1) Causal Loop Diagrams (I know them simply as ‘Flowcharts’), and (2) Conceptual Maps/Diagrams.

Causal Loop Diagrams / System Diagrams / Flowcharts

System diagrams are powerful tools that help you to understand how complex systems work. Systems analyzed may be anything from businesses, through biological population models, to the impact of social policy, etc. …

Cómo nos pueden ayudar los CUADROS ANALÍTICOS:


These are often a useful way for helping learners to store and retrieve information. Mental models (which can be in the form of diagrams and charts) are often helpful for learning the details of a lesson. http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newISS_89.htm

Los esquemas conceptuales (o ‘cuadro analítico’ o ‘cuadro sinóptico’ o ‘marco analítico’ o ‘marco conceptual’) nos ayudan a sacar información, archivarla mentalmente y presentarla para que así aprendamos más fácilmente algún concepto o alguna idea…


Te pongo un ejemplo para nuestro trabajo en el UNIV:


Here’s how I use this ‘Conceptual Framework’ each year:

If the UNIV Theme is  //  Digamos que el nuevo Tema sea así:

“Proyectar la Cultura: Las Herramientas Tecnológicas”

“Projecting Culture: Technology Tools at our Fingertips”

The way I use the above Map is as follows  //  Así utilizo el cuadro analítico:

I first list the various ‘disciplines’ or ‘fields of study’:

► Economics & Business  //  Ciencias económicas y empresariales

► Arts & Mass Communication  //  Artes y letras; Comunicación en masa

► Law & International Relations  //  Ciencias jurídicas; Relaciones internacionales

► Science & Technology  //  Ciencia y Tecnología

► Social Sciences & Philosophy  //  Filosofía; Ciencias sociales

Then, I consider the ‘One’, ‘True’, ‘Good’ and ‘Beautiful’ as ‘transcendental properties of being’, which is the ‘sublime’ consideration of CULTURE (‘that which makes us truly human’, ‘that which makes the world come closer to unity, truth, good and beauty’).

La unidad, la verdad, la bondad y la belleza

Then, I think up possible Research Paper Topics, on the basis of the discipline and the cultural element, for example:

Economics & Business

“Relationship between Hours Online and Academic Performance: A Survey of University Students”

Relación entre horas pasadas en línea y resultados académicos estudiantiles: Una encuesta y entrevistas a universitarios

“Corporate Social Responsibility: Can ‘Social’ be Profitable?”

Responsabilidad social corporativa: ¿‘Social’ se equivale a ganancias?

Arts & Mass Communication

“The YouTube Phenomenon: Opportunities for Educating”

El fenómeno ‘YouTube’: Oportunidades para la Educación

“In Defense of Life and of Family: Getting Help from Technology”

Programas pro-Vida y pro-Familia: Cómo ayuda la tecnología

Law & International Relations

“Right to Suffrage: Educating the Electorate through Technology”

Las elecciones: La tecnología y la educación electoral

“You and the Law: A Study of Juridical Ethics”

La ley y Tú:  Análisis de la ética júridica

Science & Technology

“Commercializable Technology: Usefulness of Technology Business Incubators”

Incubadoras de Empresas Tecnológicas: ¿Se pueden comercializar las nuevas tecnológicas?

“Medical Ethics and a More Humane Patient-Doctor Relationship”

Bioética: Hacia unas relaciones doctor-paciente más humanas

Social Sciences & Philosophy

“Appreciating Philosophy: Getting Help from Technology and the Internet”

Aprender la Filosofía: Cómo ayudan la tecnología y el internet

“The Youth and Educational Technology: Are We Truly Learning?”

La juventud y la tecnología educativa: ¿Se está aprendiendo?

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