Knowledgebase: Moodle - Instructors
Posted by , Last modified by Katherine Martell on 05 February 2016 04:42 PM

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.

Mindmap Example


Adding the Mindmap Activity

  1. Login to myPlymouth
  2. Select the myCourses tab.
  3. 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.
  4. Click on the Turn editing on button in the top right corner.
  5. Navigate to the topic/week of your choice, and click on the + Add an activity or resource menu.
  6. Choose the Mindmap radio button and select Add at the bottom of the window.
  7. Create a name and description for your mindmap in the appropriate fields (both are required).
  8. 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.
  9. 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

  1. Enter into the mindmap activity.
  2. 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.
  3. Adding a nodeDouble 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Moving a nodeSelect and hold the node you wish to move and drag it to a new location with your mouse.
  7. Undo: Press the Ctrl and Z keys at the same time.
  8. Redo: Press the Ctrl and Y keys at the same time.
  9. Rearrange your mindmap: To rearrange your mindmap into a neat format, select the layout button in the toolbar.
  10. Saving your mindmap: Select the disk icon in the toolbar to save your work.
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