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Mind Mapping with 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 centre 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.

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While mind maps can be drawn on paper, the major downside is that they can be very time-consuming. MindMup 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 MindMup 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 use within VU Collaborate.


Signing into MindMup

1. From any unit space in VU Collaborate, select Toolbox found on the navbar and select Mind Mapping Tool.

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2. A popup window will appear, select Go to MindMup Login Page to activate the MindMup Tool.

MindMup popup

3. Select Approve.

MindMup Gold Approve button

4. Type your student email address which ends with in the Sign in space and then select Next.

Type in your student email address

You may need to Sign In with your VU student credentials if the VU Log in page appears.

5. Select Proceed.

Select Proceed to continue


Accessing Saved Mind Maps

Click the MindMup logo on the top left corner of the screen. This will bring into the files page for the MindMup gold edition.

On this page, you can find all the mind maps you have created or have been shared with you or your team. You can sort this as a List or as Tiles, you can refine the view to only Team Maps and you can launch directly into Editing, Copying or Sharing a map.

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If you are not on the landing (home) page of MindMup, you can access your saved maps via File > Open.


Creating Your Mind Map

1. Each new mind map starts with a root node (placed in blue) for you to build on. Double-click on the root node to edit the title. You can also place new root nodes by clicking Insert Root Node. 

2. With the root node selected press Tab to create a child node to the root node. This is a talking topic that you will take notes on. Enter a name for the child node (ie, the topic) and press Tab to create a new child node to your topic. Enter a few keywords for information and press Enter. This creates a sibling node for the child node previously created. 

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

3. In a mind map, colour is often used to help create mental connections to key topics. To edit the colour of a node, right-click the node and select Node Style. 

Choose what colour to set the text or the node. From the drop-down menu, you can also adjust the font and size. 

Right click the node and select Node style

4. It is also possible to set the colour for nodes with keyboard shortcuts. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the node to change and press Shift + Space and type in the name of the colour you want, press the down arrow to select it and press enter to confirm it. Repeat these steps for connected child or sibling nodes. 

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

7. 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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8. 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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9. 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15. 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.

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

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

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

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19. To edit a note, click the 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.

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20. 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.

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

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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. 

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

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

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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.

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Submitting your Mindmap as an Assessment in VU Collaborate

There are three different ways to submit your mindmap as an assessment in VU Collaborate.

1. If you've been told to submit a .pdf or a .jpeg file, you should first export your mindmap and then submit it by uploading it to the respective dropbox folder in VU Collaborate.

2. If you've been told to share a live mindmap, you can share it by using the share function from the MindMup application. Alternatively, you can also embed the mindmap into the HTML editor in the dropbox folder in VU Collaborate.

You can share your live mindmap with the teacher using their e-number in the following format: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 3. If you've been told to submit a link, you should submit the link to your mindmap on the respective dropbox folder in VU Collaborate.

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.