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Moodle integration

Add Mindomo as an external tool

Step 1. The Moodle Site Administrator has to go to "Site Administration" (1), then onto "Plugins" (2), select "Activity Modules" (3) and then "LTI" (4).

Step 2. Type in "Mindomo" in the "Tool Name" section (5), add the "Tool Base URL" - https://www.mindomo.com/lti/index.htm (6), add the "Consumer Key" and "Shared Secret" provided by Mindomo (7), and save the changes.

Working with Mindomo

Direct Access

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

Step 1. Before adding the Mindomo Dashboard in the desired section of the Moodle course, make sure you enable the editing mode (1). Adding Mindomo Dashboard to Moodle will enable users to use Mindomo directly from the course, without having to log in independently. Also, if a user doesn't have a Mindomo account, an account is automatically created when he/she accesses the Mindomo Dashboard link from Moodle.

Step 2. Go to the bottom right side of the course section and select "Add an activity or resource" (2).

Step 3. Choose "External Tool" (3) from the Activities panel and click on "Add" (4).

Step 4.

  • Type in "Mindomo Dashboard" (5) in the "Activity Name" section.
  • Set "Automatic, based on Launch URL" (6) in the "External tool type" section.
  • Add the "Launch URL" - https://www.mindomo.com/lti/index.htm (7). Notice that Mindomo consumer key and shared secret are automatically set.
  • Decide how Mindomo Dashboard will appear while accessing it from Moodle(8):
    • Embedded, but the Moodle blocks will still appear.
    • Embedded, with no additional information from Moodle.
    • Mindomo Dashboard will open in a new tab.
  • Save or cancel the configuration (9).

Step 5. See the Mindomo Dashboard link displayed in the course section (10). You can edit the configuration whenever it is necessary (11).

Attach mind maps to courses

You can add mind maps to your Moodle 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 Moodle 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 Moodle 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.

You can add your Mindomo mind maps in a Moodle course, and choose whether people can only view or also edit them. Note that only the people who joined the course will be able to see the maps.

Add a viewable mind map

Step 1. Turn editing on (1).

Step 2. Go to the bottom right side of the course section and select "Add an activity or resource" (2).

Step 3. Choose "External Tool" (3) from the Activities panel and click on "Add" (4).

Step 4.

  • Type in the name of the map (5) in the "Activity Name" section.
  • Set "Automatic, based on Launch URL" (6) in the "External tool type" section.
  • Add the "Launch URL" - https://www.mindomo.com/lti/view/mapID (7). Notice that Mindomo consumer key and shared secret are automatically set.
  • Decide how the users will view the mind map while accessing it from Moodle.
  • Save or cancel the configuration.

The map ID is the last sequence of letters and numbers in the mind map's URL, after the last "/" sign (8).

Step 5. See the mind map's link displayed in the course section (9). You can edit the configuration whenever it is necessary (10).

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

Add an editable mind map

Follow exactly the same steps as above, except for Step 4:

  • Type in the name of the map (1).
  • Add "Launch URL" - https://www.mindomo.com/lti/edit/mapID (2). The map ID is the last sequence of letters and numbers in the mind map's URL, after the last "/" sign.

After you will save the changes, the map's link will appear in the course section (3). The user who will access the link will be able to edit the map directly from Moodle (4).

Once users access the editable mind map from Moodle, the map will open and they will be able to edit it directly from here. This is how users will view the map when they access the map's link from the course section:

  • Mind Map assignments
    Students can work individually or in groups to create mind maps on various subjects covered in your Moodle courses. Students can work on these mind map assignments directly from Moodle, 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 Moodle and grade them.

You can create and share mind map-based assignments, enabling students to work on mind maps that will be automatically shared with you and other teachers invited on the course.

How to set up a Mindomo Assignment

Step 1. Turn editing on.

Step 2. Go to the bottom right side of the course section and select "Add an activity or resource".

Step 3. Choose "External Tool" from the Activities panel and click on "Add".

Step 4.

  • Type in the name of the assignment (1) in the "Activity Name" section.
  • Set "Automatic, based on Launch URL" (2) in the "External tool type" section.
  • Add the "Launch URL" - https://www.mindomo.com/lti/assignment.htm (3), consumer key and shared secret.
  • Decide how students will view the assignment while accessing it from Moodle.
  • Save or cancel the configuration.

Step 5. See the assignments's link displayed in the course section (4). You can edit the configuration whenever it is necessary (5).

Work on a mind map assignment

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

Step 1. The assignment will open in the "Settings" section (1), enabling you to create it.

Step 2. You will be able to 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 can attach resources for this assignment (5) anytime you want. When you are done editing the assignment, click on "Update Assignment (6)".

Once you click on "Update Assignment", you will create it in both Moodle and Mindomo accounts. If the Moodle course where you are creating the assignment doesn't exist in Mindomo, it will be automatically created there too.

After the assignment was created, each time you will access it you will be directed to the "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 Moodle 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).

When students start their assignment, they will be automatically sent to a new map according to the assignment's settings. This map will open in a new tab, so students won't leave Moodle.

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.