The activity makes it easier for the students to read and understand long and/or complicated texts. The students practice presenting and arguing. Everybody participates and takes responsibility for a part of the text.
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"Ideally, this way of organising the teaching should increase student preparations, as it is frustrating to present for your co-students without being prepared"
Can you engage and activate more than 60 students at one time? The last two years, associate professor Rasmus Brun Pedersen has tried out doing just that – using the jigsaw group work method for his course European Politics. CULtivate visited his classroom to see the methods in action.Read more 👉Læs mere 👉
"...I began considering how I could use the tools more globally, in the long term, in order to increase the teaching reach"
Working together in groups, the students create an entirely new wiki-site which gets enriched every week. According to Ormrod, the students are often so eager to begin creating their wiki-site that they skip the break after the first lecture, and start creating their wiki-site right away.Read more 👉Læs mere 👉
Nuclino acts as a text editor, but instead of creating a document, you create an "item" - a part of a larger context. By linking between items and grouping them, you can build a wiki-like page.
You can visualize your items in various ways, e.g. as a board or a graph. With a board you can structure different processes, and use it for i.e. peer feedback, for a jigsaw exercise, or for text review. With graphs you can get a "spiderweb" view of how the different items are grouped. Nuclino is a nice tool when you want to do long-term group work - for instance when students are asked to build their own online encyclopedia on important concepts, or when they are supposed to write portfolios and describe their work.
Via Nuclino, students can go through the material together and strengthen their capabilities to se important connections. Nuclino works by creating a number of clusters (folders/collections) in which items can be grouped. Each item can be part of several clusters at the same time. These clusters can e.g. relate to theme, group or process (and thereby form the basis of a board). You can attach users to each item which makes it clear who is responsible for the different items.
Google Docs is a text editor that you access online and where you work with the documents directly in your browser. When the documents are online, you have the opportunity to collaborate, as more people can write in the same document at the same time.
Google Docs is like Word, and has many of the same features. However, Google Docs becomes particularly useful, because you can let students edit documents created by you, without them having a user name.
For example, you can create a new document and create a text template for the students in which you have defined headlines, added tables, etc. Then you share a link with your students, which allows them to edit the document.
Google Docs is also used when you want to follow up on group work. It gives the groups an easy way to share academic discussions with each other, and at the same time they can create a document, for example with important concepts. It can also serve as an important feedback tool, because you don't have to send the document back and forth.
Padlet is a kind of digital bulletin board where you can "hang up" content such as video, links to web pages, word files, powerpoint, text and image files. A padlet can be open to editing so that everyone can add content and comment, even without a user. This makes it a useful tool for teaching activities, such as group work, brainstorming or student questions in large classes.
You start by creating a new Padlet. You can do this without creating a user, but we recommend creating a user. This allows you to adjust your Padlet and choose editing rights, layout and link address. A new Padlet has its own unique link, which you simply share with your students. The students will open the link and add content. You can also allow students to just add comments to the content that you have created. This could be questions or cases that they should discuss.