What is the Mind map activity and how do I use it?

The Mindmap is an activity allows the instructor or students to create and share mind maps.

  • This activity will only work with devices that display Flash based content. IOS devices such as iPads and iPhones will not display this Mindmap activity.
  • This is an ungraded activity. You may ad a manual grade item to include a grade in the Moodle gradebook.
  • Only one saved mind map is available for each activity. The last saved map is the only one saved for each Mindmap activity.
  • Mindmaps do not use groups, however you can set up an activity for each group and then set restrictions to each group to work on their ownmind map.


Creating the Mindmap Activity

  1. If your course is in topic view, in the section in where you want the page located, select the Add an activity or resource link.
    If your course is in folder view, in the section in where you want the page located, select the Add resource link.
  2. Select Mindmap from the menu, then scroll down and click Add.
    Figure: Checklist activity available from adding resource or activity window.
  3. Name the mindmap.
  4. In the Mindmap Intro text box write the instructions  that the students will see at the top of the mindmap activity.
  5. If you do not want the students to be able to edit the Mindmap, uncheck the Allow students to edit this mindmap box.
  6. If you would like to add restrictions to this activity based on dates, or groups you can do that in the Restrict access section.

Using the Mindmap

  • Add Node
    • Doubleclick on any place or click the green plus-icon
    • ENTER adds a node to the same layer
    • INSERT adds a childnode
  • Delete nodes
    • CTRL + click on the node
    • Press DELETE
    • Click the red minus-sign
  • Delete a node and all of its child nodes
    • CTRL + D
  • Undo
    • CTRL + Z
  • Redo
    • CTRL + Y

The Control Panel

The control panel in the mindmap activity includes buttons to save it and manipulate the components in it.

Figure: Mindmap control panel

Figure: Save Button The Save button saves the current mindmap.

  • Only one mindmap can be saved per activity.
  • The mindmap is not automatically saved.
  • If you and another person are working on a mindmap at the same time, only the last saved mindmap will be saved.

Figure: Add node button The Add node button adds a node at the same level as the highlighted node.

Figure: Delete node button The Delete node button. When a node is deleted its child nodes are connected to the deleted node's parent.

Figure: Node Color button The Node color button allows you to adjust the color of the highlighted node.

 Figure: Undo button The Undo button works for several layers of actions in the mindmap.

Figure: Redo button The Redo button works for several layers of actions in the mindmap.

 Figure: Font control buttons The Bold, Italic, Underline, Font, and Font color buttons allow you to adjust the font in the highlighted node.


Figure: Layout button The Layout button moves the nodes to most easily see the node levels. This new layout can be undone by clicking the Undo button.


Figure: Levels button The Levels pulldown allow you to focus on specific layers of the mindmap by minimizing the child nodes of all levels above the number chosen.


Figure: Zoom control The Zoom control allows you to control the view of your mindmap. This does not change the mindmap so you will not be able to undo and redo this feature.

2017-05-16 20:45 Josh
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