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Desire2Learn Integration

Add Mindomo as an external tool

Step 1. Select "Edit Course" (1).

Step 2. Choose the option "External Learning Tools" (2) from the Course Administration panel.

Step 3. Go to "Manage Tool Providers" and select "New Tool Provider" (3).

Step 4. Add the https://www.mindomo.com/lti/ URL (4), add "Secret" (5) and "Key" (6) provided by Mindomo, set a name to this external tool (7), make sure to check all of the options, and save the changes.

Working with Mindomo

Direct Access
When teachers and students access Mindomo from Desire2Learn, their Mindomo accounts will be automatically created, and they will be able to start mind mapping without any additional login.

Step 1. Go to "Edit Course", then onto "External Learning Tools" (1), and use the "New Link" button (2).

Step 2.

  • Add the "Mindomo Dashboard" in the "Title" section (3).
  • Add https://www.mindomo.com/lti/index.htm in the URL section (4).
  • Check off "Allow users to view this link" in the Visibility section (5).
  • Check off signature with "Tool consumer key/secret" (6)".

  • Make sure all Security Settings are checked off (7) and then click on "Save and Close".

Step 3. Bring the Mindomo Dashboard link in the course section:

  • Go to "Content" (8).

  • Choose "Add Existing Activities" (9) and "External Learning Tools" (10).

  • Select "Mindomo Dashboard". The link will appear in the course section (11). You can view and edit the link whenever it is necessary (12).

When students will access Mindomo Dashboard from their Desire2Learn course section, Mindomo will open in a new tab, enabling them to create and share their mind maps with other users. If a user doesn't have a Mindomo account, the account is automatically created when the user accesses the link.

Attaching mind maps to courses

You can add mind maps to your Desire2Learn courses. This way, students can view and edit the maps without having to create their Mindomo accounts or log into Mindomo independently.

This method of attaching a mind map to your Desire2Learn course is different from simply embedding the map.

While embedding:

  • You need to make your map public (therefore accessible to everyone that has the embed link).
  • Your map can only be viewed, not edited.

While attaching a map through LTI:

  • Your map remains private, and the students/teachers who have access to your Desire2Learn course will be able to view or edit it without you explicitly sharing them the map.
  • If your students or fellow teachers don't have Mindomo accounts, and they are accessing your attached Mindomo map, new accounts will be created for them automatically.

How to add a viewable mind map?

Step 1. Go to "Edit Course", then onto "External Learning Tools", and use the "New Link" button (1).

Step 2.

  • Add the map's title in the "Title" section (2).
  • Add https://www.mindomo.com/lti/view/mapID in the URL section (3).
  • Check off "Allow users to view this link" in the Visibility section (4).
  • Check off signature with "Tool consumer key/secret" (5)".

  • Make sure all Security Settings are checked off (6) and then click on "Save and Close".

The map ID is the last sequence of letters and numbers in the mind map's URL, after the last "/" sign (7).

Step 3. Bring the map's link in the course section:

  • Go to "Content".
  • Choose "Add Existing Activities" and "External Learning Tools" (8).

  • Select the map from the panel and the map's link will appear in the course section (9).
  • You can view and edit the link whenever it is necessary (10).

This is how users will view the map when they access the map's link from the course section:

How to add an editable mind map?

Follow exactly the same steps as above, except for Step 2:

  • Type in the name of the map.
  • Add https://www.mindomo.com/lti/edit/mapID in the URL section (1). The map ID is the last sequence of letters and numbers in the mind map's URL, after the last "/" sign.

Now users will be able to work on the map just by accessing its link from Desire2Learn. This is how they will view the map once they access the link from the course section:

Set up a Mindomo Assignment

Students can work individually or in groups to create mind maps on various subjects covered in your Desire2Learn courses. Students can work on these mind map assignments directly from Desire2Learn, without them having to create accounts or log into Mindomo. Furthermore, once students start their mind map assignments, teachers can access students' maps directly from Desire2Learn and grade them.

Step 1. Go to "Edit Course", then onto "External Learning Tools", and use the "New Link" button. (1)

Step 2.

  • Add the name of the assignment in the "Title" section (2).
  • Add https://www.mindomo.com/lti/assignment.htm in the URL section (3).
  • Check off "Allow users to view this link" in the Visibility section (4).
  • Check off signature with "Tool consumer key/secret" (5).

  • Make sure all Security Settings are checked off (6) and then click on "Save and Close".

Step 3. Bring the assignment's link in the course section:

  • Go to "Content".
  • Choose "Add Existing Activities", then "External Learning Tools" (7).

  • Select the Mindomo assignment from the list. The link will appear in the course section (8). You can view and edit the link whenever it is necessary (9).

How to create and work on a mind map assignment?

As a course owner, once you access the assignment's link from Desire2Learn, you will be able to set up and share a mind map assignment with students and other teachers:

Step 1. Select "View Topic" (1) to set up the assignment. The assignment will open in the "Settings" section.

Step 2. Choose one of the assignment types:

  • In order to complete the assignment, each student will have to submit an individual mind map (2).
  • Students will have to create and submit individual maps but they will use a mind map shared by you as a starting point (3). Click on "Choose" to select your map.
  • All students in the course will work collaboratively to create a new mind map or to edit a map shared by you (4).
  • You will be able to attach resources for this assignment (5) at anytime. When you are done editing the assignment, click on "Update Assignment" (6).

Once you click on "Update Assignment", you will create it in both Desire2Learn and Mindomo accounts.

After the assignment was created, each time you will access it you will be directed to the "Assignment Status" section, where you will be able to see how each student performed (7) and also engage in individual discussions (8) to help students with their assignment completion.

By clicking the 'Edit map' icon (9) you will have direct access to the mind map.

To see all changes on map, go to the Main Menu, then to "Tools" and "View changes for map" (10).

You can grade (11) each student's performance and see all the grades for all students working on the assignment (12).

Each student is graded separately, by selecting him from the list (13) and filling in the grade in its box (14).

As soon as you select the student, all details of his activity on the map will appear below (15) and you can discuss privately with him (16).

Students who received a grade already will appear highlighted with green (17).

To see all grades and download a grading report, go to "Grades", then to "Grades Overview" (18), and click on "Download" (19).

How will students work on their mind map assignments?

Once students will click on the assignment's link from Desire2Learn course section for the first time, they will be able to:

  • Start the assignment (1).
  • Attach another mind map to the assignment (2).
  • Engage in an individual discussion with the teacher who assigned them the task (3).

  • Once students return to an assignment already begun, they have to click on "Continue Assignment" (4).
  • When they are ready with the assignment, they can submit it (5).
  • They can restart their assignment at any time (6), but previous work will be lost - they will be notified before the assignment is restarted.
  • Also, they can check their grades (7) anytime they want to.