The new Mindmap activity allows Teachers and Learners to create, edit and view mindmaps in the LAMS environment.
For more information on using mindmaps, view here.
Mind Map Activity Authoring
All properties sheets contain three tabs:
- The Basic tab controls the content of the activity.
- The Advanced tab controls how the activity behaves.
- The Instructions tab allows authors to comment on the activity itself.
- An additional Conditions tab is visible where the activity allows Authors to customise the activity outputs for branching or grouping operations.
Basic tab for the Mind Map Activity
View of the Mind Map Activity Basic tab.
There are two features on the basic tab common to all activities:
Specific Features for the Mind Map Activity
Advanced tab for the Mind Map Activity
View of the Mind Map Activity Advanced tab.
Advanced Features Specific to the Mind Map Activity
View of the Instructions tab. This is the same for all activities.
The Instructions tab contains the same features for all Activities.
It allows the Author to create specific instructions for the activity, as well as upload files that may be useful for running the activity (ie: support documents, etc.). It is a resource that can be used by teachers who are running the sequence for their learners. (In the Monitoring Environment, the Instructions for an Activity can be viewed by double clicking the activity on the Sequence tab and then selecting the Instructions tab.
The instructions can be retrieved by other authors who open the activity, or by monitors running the sequence.
There are two types of Instruction possible, Offline and Online, depending on the mode that the teacher wishes to run the activity. The feature is useful for teachers who are sharing sequences with their colleagues as it provides an area where the Author can describe any learning objectives and/or the specific purpose of the activity.
Conditions Specific to the Mind Map Activity
- Number of Learner Nodes
This output is a number that represents how many separate nodes the Learner added to the activity.
(output desc output learner number of nodes (range) )
Using the Mind Map Tool
Zooming and Scrolling
The mind map will scroll automatically as you move the mouse around the screen. Alternatively, you can click-and-drag the mind map canvas to view a specific point on the mind map.
Using the zoom controls at the bottom of the mind map allows you to zoom in and out to change your perspective of the mind map.
To expand or contract a parent node (ie, hide all of its children), mouseover the node and click the minus sign ( - )
Adding New Nodes
To add a new node, click the arrow on the parent node where you want the thought to appear.
When adding new nodes to the mindmap, the layout of the mind map will automatically update to best display all of the nodes.
To change the text inside a node, simply click inside it.
Changing the Colour of a Node
To change a node's colour, mouse-over the node and click the on the colour wheel.
You can then select a new colour from the wheel.
Moving a Node
To move an existing node, click the hand and drag the node to where you want to move to. The Mindmap tool will highlight the target node for moving.
(i)You can move a parent node and all it's children at once.
The image below shows moving a parent and it's children.
Deleting a Node
To delete a node, click the above the node for deletion, then confirm by clicking Yes.
You cannot delete a node that has children; to delete a parent node and all it's children, delete each child first, then delete the parent.
Monitoring the Mind Map
Monitors for mind map activities can view the number of learners participating in the activity (or in each group if the activity has been divided), and by using the link on the Summary Tab view and contribute to the mind map as Learners are creating it.
The mindmap interface for monitors is as for learners and authors - click here for how to use the mindmap interface.