Webinar with Dan Gruber of Northwestern

Daniel A. Gruber, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Northwestern University where he is based in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, and also teaches classes in the Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy) and School of Communication.  Dr. Gruber will soon be joining the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati as Associate Dean for Innovation and New Ventures.

Interview with Adrienne Phelps-Coco of Harvard Extension

"What I saw was much more genuine discussion. Where people were asking questions, they were sharing materials that they really cared about. When they were responding, they responded because they really cared. The point system helped to get it going, but once it was going, people were talking because people were interested in the conversation."

Yellowdig at Villanova University

Workshop and panel discussion with Georg Theiner (Assistant Professor, Villanova University), Kristen Turpin (VIsiting Assistant Professor, Villanova University) and Seth Matthew Fishman (Director of Curriculum & Academic Outcomes)

Interview with Jui Ramaprasad of McGill

"My goal was to make [the] sort of outside-the-classroom and inside-the-classroom experience consistent and a bit seamless. So If we had a good conversation or a good conversation topic that came up in class, we could continue that conversation—not just a one-way discussion but a two-way conversation among the students themselves."

Interview with Zach Sheffler of University of Minnesota

"There was one specific example [on Yellowdig] of a digital marketing scheme that I actually incorporated into the lecture in a more robust way. I think one of the side benefits of Yellowdig was that it allowed me to see what people were interested in, but also that there are things that I wasn’t aware of that I was then exposed to.

Interview with Ed Slavishak of Susquehanna

"And one of the conversations that we had in class that was pretty fruitful was actually coming out of Yellowdig. A student gave a particular reference to someone who called himself a historian and there was a question of whether or not that person could call himself a historian because he wasn’t officially trained and so forth."

Interview with Gad Allon of UPenn

"The fact that there is something concurrent happening where what we teach in class helps understand [the real world]. So if I talk about Zara, it’s mentioned in 10 different courses. If I talk about Tesla, it’s mentioned in 3 different courses. But the fact that students bring new articles that share something new about [a concept]. To me, this is a win-win, you have someone that thought about it and tried to learn.

Interview with Karina Arzumanova of Strayer

"And a lot of times, students would post things that are credible and relevant and will expand that topic even more. And it’s incredible because I have been learning from them about resources that I didn’t know were available and it’s really been great. Because some of them surf the web better than I do and they just find these really outstanding resources that I can use with my other classes to share with my other students.

Inside HigherEd on Yellowdig

Before moving to Yellowdig, Gruber said, he used Twitter for about five years to share articles with students. Comparing the two platforms and the standard discussion forum, the discussion on Yellowdig is “just very different,” he said. It allows for the interactions that take place on mainstream social media platforms, but the discussions are “protected” within the learning management system, giving students the freedom to express themselves more openly than they might be willing to do publicly, he said.

Interview with Stephanie Gardner of Susquehanna University.

Assistant Professor Stephanie Gardner teaches courses in Education at Susquehanna University, including Cognition & Classroom Learning, Introduction to Special Education & Instruction for Exceptional Children. She was inspired by her mother to pursue a career in special education and has worked with children with disabilities in both the elementary and middle school settings.

Video by Eric Olson of UFL

"Lets face it, discussion boards are just not upto the standards for most students. The rubric and grading method is also not clear and most students feel that the quality of discussions are contrive"