Foundations of Learning and Technologies Resource: Mindmup

Mind Mapping with Mindup

An assignment submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the course LRNT 1523
Assignment 01 – Share a Relevant Resource
Dr. George Veletsianos

Resource: Mindmup


My Sample Mind Map:

Mindmup is an online web-based mind mapping tool application. The free version of Mindmup allows the user to create and save interactive mind maps that can be shared with others. Mind mapping is a method of brainstorming and used by an individual or within a group of people.

The process of mind mapping involves the presentation a topic in a visual format on paper or within a software application. Participants are invited to build off the central topic by drawing, writing or creating branches of their own thoughts and ideas about the central subject of the mind map. Mind mapping can be worked upon synchronously or asynchronously.

Mind maps can be used as an academic tool to promote the sharing of an individual’s interpretations and insights on an idea, topic or question. This sharing process demonstrates the theory of constructivism, one of the foundational learning theories that we are studying in LRNT523 – Foundations of Learning and Technologies. Constructivism is a theoretical framework that describes how a person learns through the reflection and application of previous experiences and knowledge to real-world problems (Ertmer & Newby, 2013).

Guidelines can be tailored to enhance the learning experience and the outcomes of the information presented through mind mapping. These guidelines may include pre-determined time allotment, use of visual imagery, and the use of alternate media such as coloured pencils or markers. According to Anderson (1993), the central idea behind mind mapping is to “record the initial impressions as they come to mind” (p. 41).

I have used mind maps as an academic tool over the past 15 years in the courses I teach. They have become an invaluable tool to help students convey their intrinsic knowledge and experience to real-world problems. I not only use them to educate others, I also use mind maps in my own studies, including the courses within the MALAT program at Royal Roads.


Ertmer, P. A., & Newby, T. J. (2013). Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism: Comparing Critical Features From an Instructional Design Perspective. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 26(2), 43–71.

Anderson, J. V. (1993). Mind mapping: A tool for creative thinking. Business Horizons, 36(1), 41. Retrieved from

6 thoughts on “Foundations of Learning and Technologies Resource: Mindmup

  1. I’ve really been enjoying using Mindmup and I would recommend using it or something like it to people who’ve not tried a Similar program. I do feel like there is room for improvement. It has advantages over pencil on paper; you can move things around and connect or unconnected nodes giving a lot of flexibility for arranging your thoughts. These functions really helped me to arrange outlines for essays I our previous assignments. I wish I had known about the feature that allows you to export the text directly into Word with headings and bullet points. I can imagine other smart features that could help you organize your thoughts into an efficient flow using the connections you create between thoughts and possibly highlighting functions. So, for example, I would highlight my strongest points, and draw connections between relevant concepts. The program could use this information to organize the nodes into suggested outlines. It’s a great tool as it is. I will likely stick with it for a while because it fills a niche and I don’t have a whole lot of time to expiriment with other mapping tools. But I am definitely curious to compare it with other programs.

    One quick cautionary take: there seems to be a bug triggered by using touch screens and I lost a lot of unsaved work. So save often!!!

  2. Mary,
    Mindup was attractive as there is no signup or cost involved. I have been using mind mapping as a pedagogical tool in the courses I teach at Algonquin College for the past 14 years. I have experimented with face-to-face mind mapping exercises using paper and pencil, and asynchronous methods using online apps. The face-to-face methods tend to produce much more robust outcomes and ideas. It also allows better control of having the students follow guidelines, such as the timing of the event and use of media. Face-to-face also truly allows the learner to use their internal constructs of the world to produce honest ideas of the subject at hand.

  3. Hey Darin,
    Mind mapping is definitely a useful tool. I have been using myself. I think mind mapper actually looks better than I may have to switch over. Do you feel at all that doing flow chart style brainstorming could get the user bogged down in the presentation of the flow chart rather than the ideas being created?

    1. Jason,
      I think that the technological aspect does take away from the spontaneity and potential of use of constructivism when inputting the learner’s ideas. From my experience, I still believe that mind map exercises should be does synchronously, face-to-face, and on paper.

  4. Hi Darin, I have been collaborating with colleagues on a course outline and we have been throwing around a lot of terms and concepts that we agree are important, but we have not put paper to pen yet. I think I will use this tool to help us organize and categorize this task visually. Thank you!

    1. Sean,
      It is a great online free app to aid in mind mapping. Yet, I still believe in face-to-face and pen and paper.

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