Abstract Mind mapping as a research method provides a multi-dimensional insight and discovers deeper levels of learner’ preconcert. The research focuses on the problem how university students understand the phenomenon of e-learning. Respondents worked with the eight-dimensional model of e-learning by Khan, both making changes in the model or constructing their own concept. The research group included 104 respondents, students of IT study programmed at the Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove. The results were analyzed according to four criteria and showed that students of informatics understood e-learning not only as the (future) IT experts but also as the educational tool.