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
- Accessing Saved Mind Maps
- Creating Your Mind Map
- Downloading and Sharing Mind Maps
- Displaying your Mind Map to students in VU Collaborate
- Accepting Student Mind Map Submissions
1. From a space in VU Collaborate, click Toolbox, then click Mind Mapping Tool.
2. Click Sign In and use your VU Credentials to log in.
1. Click the Mind Mup 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 button from the menu bar, or right-click on the node and select Connect to node.
11. Click on any node you want to connect with the selected 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 .
13. You can make your line thick, thin, or dashed by clicking on respective buttons.
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.
17. To close the note sidebar, click the hide sidebar button from the menu bar or click Esc key on your keyboard. Alternatively, click View, Sidebar, then Close Sidebar.
18. To edit a note, click Edit Text Notes 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.
19. To attach a file to a node, click the attach file button from the menu bar, or click A on your keyboard. Alternatively, click Insert, then click File Attachment.
Or, right-click on the node and select Attach File.
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.
2. To publish your mindmap, click the File tab, then click 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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.