Generate a Knowledge Base
When you want students to have an academic debate or share findings, you can use a shared knowledge base. This means that a group of people is responsible for the creation and/or collection of content, which will be around after the course finishes. It can then be used as a starting point for the next group of students. Think of an encyclopedia like wikipedia. This format teaches students how to organize information, how to write academically, how to link to and cite sources, how to critique and interpret sources as well as learning communication and collaboration skills.
Works for all group sizes
Limited preparation needed
Structure and navigation, including tagging/indexing, should be decided before you start.
Creating a knowledge base is more a question of organisation than technology. Many technologies can be used.
Co-creation and writing articles – (a)synchronous
Tools such as a wiki or platforms such as OneDrive will allow people to work together on the same content, such as a blog or an article. You could also decide to adopt a page in Wikipedia to improve (discuss with the editors of the page).
Concluding and reporting – synchronous
When a group wants to report on their findings and conclusions from a live session in Kaltura Live Rooms they can use the notes section and whiteboard options.
Creating a repository – (a)synchronous
By letting students upload their content in a shared folder on the LMS (Brightspace or Blackboard), a shared repository is created. You can make students responsible for summarising or tagging the shared article. You can use annotation tools for commenting on shared material.
Relevant links and additional information
Prof dr. Richard T. Griffiths How to find Material
Prof. dr. Richard T. Griffiths How to find online sources for your research paper
Prof. dr. Richard T. Griffiths How to avoid Plagiarism
Prof. dr. Richard T. Griffiths How to get a research question
Prof. dr. Richard T. Griffiths How to get your paper published