What It Is

Coggle is a web-based mind-mapping tool that helps users visually organize their ideas and thoughts. It can be used alone or collaboratively in real time to create diagrams, flowcharts, and outlines. Coggle is a popular tool for brainstorming, note-taking, and project management. 

How to Access It

You can sign up for a free account at You can also create an account using your Google, Facebook, or Microsoft account. Once you have signed up, you can start creating diagrams and organizing your ideas right away. Coggle is “freemium,” meaning there is free access to three private boards, and there are more features available with a paid subscription.

Teaching Ideas

Idea 1: Group brainstorming


You can have students create a shared Coggle diagram for group brainstorming sessions or project planning. This allows for real-time collaboration and helps to keep all group members on the same page.


Idea 2: Group outline


Coggle can be used to create a class-wide outline of course materials. This can be a great way for students to see the big picture and understand how course concepts are related as they fill it out together.


Idea 3: Mind-mapping for exam preparation


Coggle can be used as a study tool for exam preparation. Students can create diagrams to help them understand and memorize course concepts, making it easier for them to recall information during exams.


The ODL uses technology when possible to enhance our work. This page was written with the assistance of ChatGPT, OpenAI, Jan. 30, 2023 version.

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