Mind mapping is a visual brainstorming process that represents ideas and concepts in a unique diagram. Using a main idea or word as a starting point, a user can then build branches, called nodes, off of that central point. A mindmap could use countless nodes, and child-nodes (or sub-branches), to highlight connections between various words, phrases, or concepts. Use the information below to add a mindmap activity to your Moodle class.
Adding the Mindmap Activity
- Login to myPlymouth
- Select the myCourses tab.
- In the center column, select your class title from the appropriate semester category in the myCourses channel. You will now be looking at your course's home page.
- Click on the Turn editing on button in the top right corner.
- Navigate to the topic/week of your choice, and click on the + Add an activity or resource menu.
- Choose the Mindmap radio button and select Add at the bottom of the window.
- Create a name and description for your mindmap in the appropriate fields (both are required).
- By default, this mindmap is available for students to edit, although only one person at a time is allowed. If you wish to change these options, deselect the Allow students to edit this mindmap andEnable locking options.
- Once you are content with these settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Save and display button.
- If you accidentally selected the Save and return to course button, simply click into your newly created mindmap icon.
Editing Your Mindmap
- Enter into the mindmap activity.
- You will first see a red circle in the middle of the editing area. This is your starting point. Click inside of the text and type out a new word.
- Adding a node: Double click anywhere within the text box (you can also select the green plus icon in the toolbar).
- To insert a child-node, or sub-branch, select the node you want to expand and press the Insert key on your keyboard.
- Mac users: Since there is no Insert key on your keyboard, first select the mother node. Then while holding down the Command key, double click at the new position for the child-node to be created.
- Removing a node: Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the node you wish to remove (you can also select the red minus icon in the toolbar).
- To remove a node and all of its child-nodes, select the node first and then press the Ctrl and D keys at the same time.
- Renaming a node: Select the node you wish to remain so it appears in black text and simply type out a new word or phrase.
- Moving a node: Select and hold the node you wish to move and drag it to a new location with your mouse.
- Undo: Press the Ctrl and Z keys at the same time.
- Redo: Press the Ctrl and Y keys at the same time.
- Rearrange your mindmap: To rearrange your mindmap into a neat format, select the layout button in the toolbar.
- Saving your mindmap: Select the disk icon in the toolbar to save your work.