Learning with Mural

What is Mural?

Mural is an online visual tool and collaboration space; it is a versatile learning tool that you can use when working independently or with your peers. You can use it to organize your notes, to do lists, study plans, meeting notes, and more.

How do I start using Mural?

  1. Click on the following link to join McGill Student workspace. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox for an optimal user experience. If you are using a smart device (iOS or Android) we recommend downloading the app.
  2. Enter your McGill email address and click on join workspace. This will prompt you to create a new account.
  3. Click on create a new account and fill out the boxes with your name, last name, and McGill email address. Read and check off the terms and conditions.
  4. You will receive an email with a code. Enter the code and then create a password for your account.
  5. Once you sign in, you will be able to create new murals and rooms to organize your murals. See Mural’s article on getting started.

Tips for using Mural

There are a few key things you need to know to use Mural.

  1. Zoom in and out with your mouse or trackpad. Murals are large, so you will need to do this often. Learn more about zooming on Mural here.
  2. Move around the Mural by clicking and dragging. If you have static elements, lock them in place so you don’t accidentally move them around while trying to move yourself around. Learn more about navigating a Mural here.
  3. Add sticky notes by double clicking, and then click your tab key to add more. Learn more about sticky notes here.
  4. You can follow others move around the space, and ask to be followed, at the bottom of the screen. Learn more about following on Mural here.
  5. The sidebar is where you can find many of the elements you may want to use to add to your Mural, such as text with sticky notes or text boxes, shapes and connectors, a wide variety of icons, frameworks, images and gifs, a place to save your own content library, files, and a drawing tool.
  6. You can use any templates from the Top 10 MURAL templates for students to by clicking on the links and choosing to create a new mural. See the videos below to explore and see examples of these templates!

Now that you know the basics, you are ready to create your own mural, or use one of the many templates to suit your needs

Mural templates

To-do list

This is a template you can use to support your productivity. You can use it to track your own tasks or to track tasks while working with others. If you are interested in visually tracking work you have to do, are doing, or have done, with ranking for priority along the side, this template could work for you.

Find the template here.

Study guide

This template can transform your notes and studying into a collaborative and creative experience.

Find the template here.


Mind mapping, sometimes called "concept mapping" is a technique for articulating, organizing, and communicating knowledge. Learn more about this technique from this McGill library guide. This Mural template is another way to explore mind maps to connect and organize ideas.

Find the template here.


This template can be used to synthesize and visual notes in an engaging way; use it for personal or group study!

Find the template here.

Group meeting notes

If you have a group project in one of your courses or are an executive of a McGill student group, consider using this template for meeting notes. You can use to keep track of goals, set meeting agendas, take notes, assign action items and more.

Find the template here.

McGill University is on land which has served and continues to serve as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. Teaching and Learning Services acknowledges and thanks the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps mark this territory on which peoples of the world now gather. This land acknowledgement is shared as a starting point to provide context for further learning and action.

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