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DSD: XMind mind mapping tool - workshop
Course Description:

XMind is a powerful mind mapping tool which you can use to capture your thoughts and ideas and bring them to life in a visual graphical form. Mind maps can be used to help structure reports, essays or lesson plans, to create revision notes or revision timetables, for brainstorming, problem-solving or to inspire creativity. Mind mapping can be useful for students, teachers, researchers, and event planners and be particularly useful for those with specific learning differences.

We will be using the XMind 8 free trial version in the session. You can either download the software from the XMind website or access it via Desktop@UCL Anywhere.


Please download the XMind 8 free trial version to your Windows or MacOS computer prior to the session from XMind 8 Download. Alternatively, check you can access XMind 8 via Desktop@UCL Anywhere.

Once you have booked on the course you will be able to access all of the online materials in our Digital Skills Development Moodle course.


Once you have enrolled, please check that you have received a confirmation email from MyLearning. You will also receive an email with location details at least one day before the session.

Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes prior to the start of the course to allow time for logging in and downloading resources.

For more details on how to book, cancel and join sessions please visit our practical course information page.

By the end of the session you will be able to:
  • Create XMind mind maps
  • Select mind map structures and themes,
  • Format text, shapes, lines etc.
  • Add summaries, boundaries and relationships,
  • Format the backgrounds,
  • Insert images, markers, notes, labels, hyperlinks and attachments,
  • Export as image, document and html files,
  • Convert a list from Word into a mind map.
Intended Audience:
This workshop is aimed at those wishing to learn how to create mind maps using XMind.
Target Audience: All
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