Virtual Learning Environments in the Light of Mind Maps and Flashcards

A Systematic Literature Review


  • Augusto Weiand UFRGS / IFRS
  • Francieli Motter Ludovico UTFPR / UFRGS-PPGIE
  • Patrícia da Silva Campelo Costa Barcellos UFRGS-PPGIE



Virtual Learning Environments, Mind Maps, Flashcards, Systematic Literature Review


Mind Maps' and Flashcards' techniques are widely used in various sectors for different purposes. The use of Mind Maps focuses on the elaboration of physical models representing the neural connections between certain subjects, as well as for projects organization, for educational purposes or as a way of presenting content. Flashcards, on the other hand, propose a learning methodology based on key points of the approached content, commonly used for Foreign Language teaching and learning. Thus, this Systematic Literature Review proposes a theoretical and exploratory research on the application of Mind Maps and Flashcards in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). Through the analyzed bibliography, approaches which connect Foreign Language teaching and learning with Flashcards were found and the studies proved this association to be feasible. However, neither VLE based on Mind Maps or Flashcards were found, nor theoretical evidence describing the implementation of both methodologies together.


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Author Biographies

Augusto Weiand, UFRGS / IFRS

Currently is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science in Education (PPGIE/UFRGS) and works as a Technician in Information Technology at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio Grande do Sul - IFRS Campus Osório. He is a Master in Computer Science (PUCRS, 2016), Postgraduate in Information and Communication Technologies in Education (FURG, 2018), Graduate in Informatics Degree (FACOS, 2013) and Internet Computing Technician (IFRS, 2013). He has experience in the area of Systems Development and Integration, Data Mining, Human-Computer Interaction, and Data Visualization. He also participated in the development of research projects financed by funding agencies such as CNPq and IFRS.

Francieli Motter Ludovico, UTFPR / UFRGS-PPGIE

Computer Science in Education

Patrícia da Silva Campelo Costa Barcellos, UFRGS-PPGIE

Computer Science in Education


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How to Cite

Weiand, A., Ludovico, F. M., & Barcellos, P. da S. C. C. (2019). Virtual Learning Environments in the Light of Mind Maps and Flashcards: A Systematic Literature Review. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 7(9), 104–113.