Universities pilot Yellowdig, a social platform for higher ed

This is what a class looks like.

More specifically, the image above is what a Northwestern University class looks like based on data collected by Yellowdig, a social platform developed by the Philadelphia-based start-up of the same name.

Instructors and IT staffers at Northwestern earlier this year built a data visualization tool prototype on top of the platform to see how students use the platform to learn and communicate. The platform, which plugs into learning management systems, gives students in the same class a private board where they can share articles and other content relevant to the course they are taking, participate in discussions and award one another points.

The visualizations show which topics captured students’ interest and how items in the news made an impact on class discussions, but they also uncover student behavior that may be difficult for a instructor to notice in a large lecture hall.

In the image, students, the

Original URL: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/27/universities-pilot-yellowdig-social-platform-higher-ed

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