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Mindmapping Tool

Create ideas and concepts with this visual thinking tool.

Using MindMup

To enhance learning and teaching, Victoria University now offers a mind-mapping tool that can be accessed online with your VU credentials from the VU Collaborate.

A mind map is a diagram of visually organised information. Mind maps show hierarchical relationships among pieces of the whole. Often a single concept/image is drawn in the center of a page and major ideas are connected to the central concept with other ideas branching out from those. Images, words, symbols and more are added to each idea to help create associations to the central concept.



Examples of Mind Map


While mind maps can be drawn on paper, the major downside is that it can be very time-consuming. Mind Mup is a digital tool and allows the process to be sped up with the use of keyboard shortcuts, a streamlined interface and adding images rather than drawing them. What you create in Mind Mup can be easily converted to .pdf or PowerPoint, and they can also be shared online.

This guide takes you through various sections of using and setting up your mind map for the use within VU Collaborate.


Signing into Mind Mup

1. From a space in VU Collaborate, click Toolbox, then click Mind Mapping Tool.


Toolbox menu


2. Click Sign In and use your VU Credentials to log in.

Tip: Use your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to log in into Mind Mup.

Accessing Saved Mind Maps

1. Click the Mind Mup logo logo on the top left corner of the screen. Alternatively, click 'Open from Mindmup Gold' from the homepage of Mind Mup.

2. You'll land into the 'MindMup Gold Files' page. Your saved mindmaps are listed on this page.

3. You can sort the list in ascending/descending order or most recent/oldest mindmap by clicking on the respective button on the menubar.

Tip: If you are not on the landing page, you can access your saved maps via File > Open.


Creating Your Mind Map

1. To begin, start by either editing by double-clicking on the node or inserting a new Root Node. New mind maps created in Mind Mup start with a Root Node already inserted, to insert one manually, click the Insert Root Node button.


insert root node


2. Now that you have your root node, you can begin to insert your child nodes. A child node can be added via the Insert Child Node button from the menubar. Alternatively, right click on the root node and click Insert Child. A new node will be added to the node you had selected.

Tip: It is often better to use short descriptive words rather than longer sentences for the title of each node.

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insert child


3. You've got your first child node in, now let's give it some siblings. If you inserted a child node to the root node, then clicking the Insert Sibling Node button will add another child node to the root node.  Alternatively, right-click on the node and click Insert Sibling. 


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insert sibling


4. To Insert an Image into your mind map, click the Insert Child Image Node button from the menubar. Alternatively, right-click on the node and select Node Image.


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node image


5. After you have inserted an image to a node, double click the image to add text to it.

6. To change the size or appearance of your image click on your image node and then click Adjust Node Image from the top menu bar.


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7. Manually adjust the size of your image with the height and width boxes. Ensure Keep Aspect Ratio is selected to prevent your image from being distorted. If you added text to accompany your image, select how you would like the image to be displayed around the text from the Position drop-down box. Once you are happy with your changes, click Save.


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8. You can also add an image to a node that has previously been created. Simply select the node you want to add an image to and click the Adjust Node Image button. From the pop-up window, locate your image. Once added you will get the same insert window as above. 


Here is an example of multiple images used in a mind map:

7 img example

9. To link between different nodes in your mindmap, select the node you want to link by clicking on it.




10. Click connect to another node copy link button from the menu bar, or right-click on the node and select Connect to node.


connect to node


11. Click on any node you want to connect with the selected node.


link node

Note: You cannot link a node with its child node. However, you can link to the child node of the child node.

12. To change the style of the line, click on the line, then click Line Style .


line style


13. You can make your line thick, thin, or dashed by clicking on respective buttons.


thick and thin


14. Click the reverse arrow button to reverse the arrow. Click it again to add the arrow on both ends. Click it again to remove the arrow from both sides, and click again to add.




15. To add a note to a node, click on the node, then click N on your keyboard. Alternatively, click edit and click Notes.




16. This will open a sidebar on the right side of the browser. Type your note there.


note example


17. To close the note sidebar, click the hide sidebar hide sidebar button from the menu bar or click Esc key on your keyboard. Alternatively, click View, Sidebar, then Close Sidebar.


close sidebar


18. To edit a note, click Edit Text Notes note icon button from the menu bar, or click N on your keyboard. Alternatively, click Edit and select Notes. Similarly, you can right-click on the node and select Edit Notes.




edit notes


19. To attach a file to a node, click the attach file button attach from the menu bar, or click A on your keyboard. Alternatively, click Insert, then click File Attachment.


insert attachment


Or, right-click on the node and select Attach File.


attach file 


Downloading and Sharing Mind Maps

1. To download your Mindmap, Click the File tab, then click Download As. Then, choose the desired file extension from the list. You can then upload your mindmap into VU Collaborate.


download as


2. To publish your mindmap, click the File tab, then click Publish.


file and publish


3. Review and make necessary edits to the title, and description, then click Publish.




4. Once the mind map is published, you can share it on social networking sites, send a direct link to someone, or embed it into your website or blog. You can also add the link to your mindmup, or embed it on VU Collaborate.


social networks links




5. You can also share your Mind Map with someone using their Email address. Click the File Tab, then click Share to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




6. Enter the email addresses with whom you want to share your mindmap. Click the dropdown and change the access to 'View Only' or 'View and Edit' as per your need. Then click 'Allow Access.' Email addresses should say This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Note: Always use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. like on the screenshot above to share your mindmap with another VU staff member.

Displaying your Mind Map to students in VU Collaborate

There are different ways of displaying your mindmap to students in VU Collaborate.

1. Provide a link to your mindmap in VU Collaborate.

2. Embed your mindmap in VU Collaborate.

Note: To get the embed code or link to your mindmap, you will have to first publish your mindmap.

 3. Upload a .pdf or an image of your mindmap to VU Collaborate.

Note: To learn more about how to add links and upload files in VU Collaborate, refer to the guide on 'Adding content to a module' in VU Collaborate Help site for staffs. Similarly, to learn about how to download your mindmap, or to get a link to your mindmap or embed code, refer to the downloading and sharing mindmaps section on this guide.

Accepting Student Mind Map Submissions

There are two different ways to set up the submission of mindmaps for students.

1. If you would like students to submit a final mind map to a dropbox, they should export the mindmap as .pdf or a .jpeg file and then submit it to the respective dropbox folder in VU Collaborate.

2. If you would like your students to submit a live mindmap, they will have to share it to your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by using the share function from the Mind Mup application. Alternatively, they can also embed the mindmap into the HTML editor in the dropbox folder in VU Collaborate.

To learn about how to create and submit mindmaps in VU Collaborate as a student, please refer to Using Mindmup guide on VU Collaborate student help site.

Further Support

Visit the VU Collaborate Help site at for up to date information and resources on blended learning or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service for further technical support.

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