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Learn to mind map, learn Xmind (free software), and then build an awesome dashboard for your video course production
4.7 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,114 students enrolled
Created by Colin Holding
Last updated 4/2016
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the benefits of mind mapping
  • How to create and use a mind map
  • Understand how a mind map can be converted to a production dashboard
  • Install Xmind - the free mind mapping software
  • Comfortably navigate and use XMind
  • Add data, change look & feel, include images and icons, add hyperlinks in Xmind
  • Understand the course creation process in Udemy
  • Create a fully functional dashboard for video production using a mind map
  • Organise production files and software in a logical structure.
  • Have 'one click' access to all resources required for a video production
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  • How to turn on and basically navigate a computer
  • Maybe the absolute basics of producing a video
  • Have an appreciation of how easy it is to waste precious time trying to locate resources on their computer/web

 “This course is not sponsored or affiliated with Udemy, Inc.” .

This course is about saving time, frustration and heartache when producing a Udemy course. Foe anyone who has already created a course on Udemy, you know what I'm talking about. 

The key is to be organised, to understand all the different facets of producing a course, the planning the course structure, what to include and almost more importantly what to exclude. Then you need to decide on the presentation formats - is it all talking head, maybe screen capture, white board animation or a mixture of all of these. Once the decision is made, what hardware and software is needed.

Then there are the files. Every course generates many many files and many are pretty bloated.

So how can a mind map help? Well when it comes to a visual representation of lots and lots of information - with a single access point - then mind mapping is king.

What is also very cool is that students will not only learn how to mind map but will also get a crash course in an awesome piece of free software. The crash course could be a Udemy course on it's own but here it's bundled into the complete dashboard course.

Whilst the course is geared around creating a dashboard for the creation of a Udemy course (because it fits so well) but actually the dashboard can be used for any video production or a production of any kind where you need all the information at your fingertips.

Students will be amazed by how amazing mind mapping can be for organisation and productivity... no more searching for the elusive file you created last week - or that great web link that you forgot to bookmark.

The course is short and sharp ... back to back it could be completed in a few hours. I would suggest you take it a little slower and try out on your own copy of Xmind each of the stages of the course.

You will need no prerequisite skills, just a computer or device to do the course, a bit of imagination and a yearning for learning.


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who would benefit from a fast, intuitive dashboard for any kind of production
  • If you are tired of wasting time trying to find stuff on your computer
  • Anyone interested in mind mapping as an organisational tool - and would appreciate seeing it in action
  • Anyone interested in understanding the power of having an easy to read, visual, graphical presentation of their key resources for a project
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Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
4 Lectures 08:57

A Welcome to the course - very exciting to have you on board - I hope you enjoy the course and feel free at any time to ask questions or start discussions.

Preview 01:06

A short video on how to navigate the course on the Udemy web site - where things are, how to go through the lectures, how to ask questions or give feedback and also how to easily take notes. 

Navigating the Udemy course

An overview of the whole course - the sections and lectures and what we will be covering. By the end of this lecture you should have a good idea of what to look forward to.

Preview 03:08

Having had an overview of what's in the course - this lecture is more specific about what you can expect to have learnt, and the skills you will have aquired, by the end of the course.

Preview 01:58
Mind Mapping
1 Lecture 03:12
Mind Mapping - the concepts and principles

A short quiz on some of the concepts and principles

Concepts and principles
3 questions
Installing Xmind
1 Lecture 01:47

A short video on how to navigate the course on the Udemy web site - where things are, how to go through the lectures, how to ask questions or give feedback and also how to easily take notes. 

Installing Xmind
A crash course in Xmind
10 Lectures 48:27

Starting at the beginning with creating a new mind map project.

Starting a new Xmind project

Once we have a new project, it is time to see how you get your ideas onto the mind map. We will cover the fastest way to add data and text and see how the information eminates out from the central topic.

Entering Data and Content

This video covers some of the look and feel customisation, colors, backgrounds, lines etc. and also navigation - zooming in and out and selecting areas for a more detailed look.

Navigation and Look and Feel

Inserting images into your mind map is a great way to liven the map up and make the nodes intuitive and self explanatory. Markers are useful for speedy and obvious highlighting of nodes and data also making the mind map easy to understand and intuitive

Insert Images & Markers

Nodes and data can be visually grouped or summarized to make it more obvious for the audience how things relate to each other

Grouping and Summaries

A mind map can be viewed at the top level but very often we might need to view a particular section in isolation and with greater detail and clarity. This is where we can drill into certain sections and they almost become their own central topic mind map.

Preview 03:54

Hyperlinks are super important for an effective production dashboard. Hyperlinks are really just shortcut icons to different objects or locations whether they be files, directories or web links

Hyperlinks - Web and Files

Hyperlinks can also be used to navigate quickly around your mind map. If you have a fairly complex mind map with many layers of detail - internal hyperlinks can be incredibly useful to provide speedy navigation around the map.

Hyperlinks - Internal nodes

A quick lecture on XMind professional - whilst most of this course, and the construction of the dashboard is easily achieved with the free version of Xmind - there are some cool features in the professional version.

XMind Professional

One feature included in the professional version of Xmind is Task info and the Gantt chart - very useful for project management as you will see.

The Gantt chart (Pro)

Entering data and nodes on you mind map
4 questions
Conceiving your Udemy course
2 Lectures 12:14

How to use the mind map to brainstorm and organise your thoughts - particularly in the context of trying to choose what course to teach. Mind mapping is awesome.

Choosing what course to teach

This is a quick run through of the process of creating a course on the Udemy website. It is useful to understand this process so we can map it back to the dashboard which can become a great tool and production template.

Stepping through the creation process
Organising your project
1 Lecture 05:04

Before linking your dashboard to your resource files, it's a good idea to get your directories, files and their location set up in a logical way. I just show you one way - you can obviously have your own preference.

Organising your directories and files
Building the dashboard
13 Lectures 01:10:04

The introduction to the section on building the dashboard.

Building the dashboard - Introduction

To start creating the dashboard for the course, we will start by creating a new Xmind project.

Start new mind map project

Every production will have a myriad of resources, files, editing software, web resources etc. In this section we will set up the resources section of our dashboard


The dashboard can be viewed at different levels of detail. There is the least detailed over view or in this section we will learn how to drill down into greater detail on a particular section.

Drilling into the detail

Mind mapping is awesome for brainstorming. In this lecture we will brainstorm the course title

Course Title - brainstorming

All projects need planning - a mind map dashboard is a great place to plan

Planning your course

A speeded up construction of the roadmap

Planning - the 1 minute roadmap

Adding markers makes the dashboard more intuitive, visual and quicker to navigate. Xmind has many fast keys to speed up your work. They are also customisable - so you can add your own favourites.

Markers and Fast keys

The curriculum section is the guts of the dashboard - this is where you plan your sections and lectures and then attach resources to these nodes. This is part 1 of 2.

The Curriculum - Part 1

A continuation from Part 1 - of constructing the curriculum and all the associated files.

Preview 10:08

All your production files will be stored somewhere, a hard drive of some description. In this lecture we will link your dashboard to the files and directories for easy, one-click access.

Directory structure and files

This is where we take all the information, descriptions, titles and files from our dashboard and map it onto the Udemy course creation website. 

You'll see how organised and in control we are of all our resources required for publishing the course.

From Dashboard to Udemy published course

The dashboard template
And Finally
2 Lectures 01:03

The final wrap-up of the course - congratulations are in order.

The Wrap-up

About the Instructor
Colin Holding
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Coach specialized in making life easier

Colin is committed to helping people have a more tranquil life - balanced, healthy, efficient and stress free. Whilst a seemingly insurmountable challenge - to try and balance a life in an environment human being were not designed for, there are many tools we can use to take on this challenge.

Colin has many years of experience and understands well, the different challenges posed by the varied work and home environments. Colin has worked in the corporate environment, sales and marketing and IT but also knows the challenges of an entrepreneur and stay at home dad, having run his own businesses in IT, photography and health and fitness. A graduate in Psychology from the University of London, Colin has always had a fascination with the human dilemma, a modern mind in a technological world, transported in a confused and primal body. By trying to understand what both parties need, the challenge of a composed, serene mind in an optimised body might be achieved.