What is Coggle?

Coggle is a collaborative mindmapping tool that allows for the creation and sharing of flexible diagrams that illustrate connections between various concepts.

What is the purpose of Coggle?

Coggle enables concepts, ideas, terms etc. to be mapped and represented visually in connection with one another. As a collaborative tool, Coggle supports groups to synchronously work on a mindmap together and use chat features to discuss with one another.

How to use Coggle

After setting up an account and signing in online, Coggle provides you with a blank canvas where you can start Mindmapping. Documents can be shared with others either by invite or by sharing a link. Documents can be shared to be viewable and/or editable. Created diagrams can be exported in a variety of formats (e.g. .jpeg, .pdf, etc.)  

Tool Evaluation

Evaluated: June 2017

Functionality overall rating: 2 starsFunctionality

Rating Rationale
Scale rating: 2 stars


Coggle can scaled to accommodate any size class, but free accounts are more limited in features that allow for creation of smaller sub-groups

Ease of use rating: 3 stars

Ease of Use

Coggle has a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate and personalize

Tech Support/ Help Availability rating: 2 stars

Tech Support/Help Availability

Technical support and help documentation is available in the form of web pages or videos

Hypermediality rating: 2 stars


Coggle allows users to communicate through different channels (audio, visual, textual) but is limited in its ability to provide non-sequential, flexible/adaptive engagement with material

Accessibility overall rating: 1 starsAccessibility

Rating Rationale
AODA Friendly rating: 1 stars

AODA Friendly

There is little information of how Coggle is accessible or compliant with AODA standards

Assistive Technology rating: 3 stars

User-focused participation

Coggle is designed to address the needs of diverse users, their various literacies, and capabilities, thereby widening opportunities for participation in learning

Required Equipment rating: 3 stars

Required Equipment

Proper use of Coggle does not require equipment other than a computer and access to the internet

Technical overall rating: 1 starsTechnical

Rating Rationale
Integration/Embedding Within OWL rating: 1 star

Integration/Embedding Within OWL

Coggle can only be offered in OWL through a link or static representations of the tool (i.e. PDF), rather than a functional version of the tool itself

Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Operating Systems

Users can effectively utilize Coggle with any standard, up-to-date operating system (i.e. Windows 10, Apple OSX, etc.)

Web Browser rating: 3 stars

Web Browser

Users can effectively utilize Coggle with any standard, up-to-date web browser (i.e. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10 etc.)

Additional Technical Requirements rating: 3 stars

Additional Technical Requirements

Users can effectively utilize Coggle without any browser extensions or downloaded software

Mobile Design overall rating: 1 starMobile Design

Rating Rationale
Mobile Operating Systems rating: 1 stars

Mobile Operating Systems

Coggle has no mobile app

Mobile Functionality rating: N/A

Mobile Functionality

As there is no mobile app, mobile functionality does not apply

Offline Access rating: 1 star

Offline Access

The Coggle platform cannot be used in any capacity offline

Usage and account set up overall rating: 1 starsUsage and Account Set Up

Rating Rationale
Sign Up/Sign In rating: 1 stars

Sign Up/Sign In

All users (instructors and students) must create an external account or additional login

Cost of Use rating: 2 stars

Cost of Use

Limited aspects of Coggle can be used for free with other elements requiring payment of a fee, membership, or subscription. See Pricing details for an outline of what features are available through a free versus paid account.

Archiving Saving and Exporting Data rating: 3 stars

Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data

Users can archive, save, or import and export content or activity data in a variety of formats

Data Privacy and Ownership rating: 2 stars

Data Privacy and Ownership

Users maintain ownership and copyright of their intellectual property/data; free accounts are restricted to 3 private documents and beyond this documents are shared publicly and cannot be made private

Social Presence overall rating: 2 starsSocial Presence

Rating Rationale
Collaboration rating: 3 stars


Coggle has the capacity to support a community of learning through both asynchronous and synchronous opportunities for communication, interactivity, and transfer of meaning between users

User Accountability rating: 2 stars

User Accountability

Instructors cannot control student anonymity but the tool provides some solution for holding students accountable for their actions

Diffusion rating: 2 stars


Student familiarity with Coggle is likely mixed, some will lack basic technical competence with its functions

Instructor Presence overall rating: 3 starsInstructor Presence

Rating Rationale
Facilitation rating: 3 stars


Coggle has easy-to-use features that would significantly improve an instructor’s ability to be present with students via active management, monitoring, and engagement

Customization rating: 3 stars


Coggle is adaptable to its environment: easily customized to suit the classroom context and targeted learning outcomes

Learning Analytics rating: N/A

Learning Analytics

Coggle is not designed to support the collection of learning analytics

Cognitive Presence overall rating: 2 starsCognitive Presence

Rating Rationale
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s) rating: 3 stars

Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s)

Coggle enhances engagement in targeted cognitive task(s) that were once overly complex or inconceivable through other means

Higher Order Thinking rating: 2 stars

Higher Order Thinking

Coggle may engage students in higher order thinking skills (given significant consideration to design, facilitation, and direction from instructor)

Feedback on Learning rating: 2 stars

Feedback on Learning

Coggle supports some opportunity for giving and receiving feedback through the chat feature

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