A brainwalk is an activity, for instance on topics or issues connected to specific assignments. All the students contribute to each mind map. This gives the students the chance to join forces and generate ideas based on the original thoughts of each student.
The use of a brainwalk as an activity in your teaching (or between teaching sessions) gives your students the chance to develop ideas and consider their own ideas and those of other students in an open and reflective manner. This can help the students to get new ideas for topics, or to discover an interesting issue or a good approach to their work on academic assignments. By using the activity in your teaching, you can help the students spot potential new perspectives which can inspire them in relation to a topic or an assignment.
The aim of the activity is that the students should generate ideas through creative processes without any censorship. A brainwalk helps the students to keep an open mind in relation to any ideas which can inspire their future work, and can help them to delimit a topic for an academic question which they can use as a basis for further work.