Software for visual argument analysis

MindMup AM is a free and open platform for collaborative visual argument analysis. It is used to help students reason better in high schools, colleges, and universities all over the world, and by many individuals who find it online. Always start off at the address or you won’t begin in argument visualization mode!

MindMup is easy to learn and it supports real-time collaboration, so when multiple students work on a single map, they can see each other’s edits instantly. This video will quickly introduce you to its basic features:

Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts:

Enter :: add reason under selected claim

Tab :: add co-premise to selected claim

Alt + o :: add objection to selected claim

Alt + t :: toggle between reason/objection and between implicit/explicit claim

Arrows :: navigate through tree

z :: zoom in

Shift+z :: zoom out

d :: detach selected claim

Command+d :: insert detached claim

n :: add note to the selected claim/reason (will appear in side panel)

Alt+N :: add a sticky note to the selection claim/reason (will appear in tree)

Sample visualizations

If you’d like to see what arguments look like in MindMup, check out some of the maps from my Visual Intro to Philosophy.

Thanks to MindMup’s developers, and especially to Gojko Adzi. MindMup will always be free, but if you find it helpful in your teaching, please consider supporting it by buying an organizational licence for your institution!

Open MindMup maps from Google Drive with a double-click by following the instructions in this simple video.

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