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There is a buzz out there regarding the concept of collaboration and working together to provide a synergy in a group project. This buzz sets out to enhances organization and communication to make effective collaboration possible. The concept of Scrum, a detailed method for people to work together in an enjoyable way, can lead to a successful learning outcome (eduScrum, 2012). Originally, developed for the Information Technology (IT) world, Scrum is a powerful methodology which consists meetings, Scrum role and the artifacts. To translate this concept the product owner is the teacher/facilitator, the Scrum team is the students, the Scrum Master is the student master and the product backlog is the learning goals (Mahalakshmi & Sundararajan, 2015).  

Creating a student centered learning environment revolves around effective student teamwork. However, students are not born knowing how to work together, and rarely, as educators do we take the time to teach students the necessary skills to work collaboratively. Through the use of the Scrum concept teachers can begin to help student to a form team and to plan and execute a project. One starting point of the concepts is the use of mind mapping tools that provide engagement and interactivity. Educators and students have been drawing concept maps and mind maps on paper and have move to more visual software applications. Visual software applications have automated the process, making it more efficient to brainstorm concepts as ideas or branches. So what is out there to help teachers to guide students? Here are just a few tools to explore as you Scrum a lesson.  


Coggle – https://coggle.it/

Coggle is a web-based mind-mapping software. The tool allows a student to create sprawling documents organized around hierarchical thoughts. Coggle allows a student to share documents with each other in real time. This is a great tool for collaboration.

MindMup – https://www.mindmup.com

MindMup is a web-based mind-mapping software that requires no sign-up for students so this is a plus for teachers. The program enables a student to save files online, share them with others, or export them.

Bubbl.us – https://bubbl.us

Bubbl.us is a simple web-based mind mapping software that requires minimal effort on the part of the student and contributes to a more organized set of ideas. This is a favorite.

Mindomo – https://www.mindomo.com/

Mindomo is a web-based mind map creation application that is free. This is a more sophisticate program and requires a more tech savvy student.

Wise Mapping – http://www.wisemapping.com/

Wise Mapping is a simple web-based mind map creation program with plethora of publishing and sharing options make it a great choice for students looking to show their work to the world.

Above all, we are hoping that this explains SCRUM in a teacher-friendly way and serves as a marketing piece for the your interest to attend a MACUL pre-con session by presented by Bea Leiderman.


Mahalakshmi, M., & Sundararajan, M. (2015). Tracking the student’s performance in web-based education using scrum methodology. Paper presented at the 379-382. doi:10.1109/ICCCT2.2015.7292779

Rodriguez, G., Soria, Á., & Campo, M. (2015). Virtual scrum: A teaching aid to introduce undergraduate software engineering students to scrum. Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 23(1), 147-156. doi:10.1002/cae.21588

Wijnands, W., Delhij, A., Struijlaart, C., & Bruns, M. (2012). What does eduScrum mean? Retrieved January 13, 2017, from http://www.eduscrum.com/


(@jvanderm): Assistant Professor of Allied Health Sciences with Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the steering committee for SIGPL.