Sharing Ideas with Yellowdig

Posted April 3, 2017 by Maria Domingo Cots

What if your students could share articles about a topic you discussed in class last week or share a video about a concept from this week’s readings and pose a question to their classmates? Wouldn’t it be nice if they could share links to articles and discuss concepts as easily as they do on Facebook? They will have this capability if you add Yellowdig to your Canvas course site.

Yellowdig is a student engagement tool that resembles a Facebook or Twitter feed, and it gives students an intuitive interface for sharing videos, news articles, and blog articles relevant to your course. It is very easy to set up and use.

Using Yellowdig has two main benefits:

  • Makes large classes small: It can be difficult for students to share ideas in a big class, or even to get to know each other. Yellowdig is a convenient forum for sharing ideas, getting to know each other, and trying out new concepts.
  • Increases collaboration: By engaging with each other, students build valuable knowledge communities and stay motivated in the course.

Check out this post by Prof. Dan Gruber where he discusses his experience using Yellowdig in his class and how it helped his students.

For more information on how to set up Yellowdig in Canvas, or basic instructions on how to use it, check out the Canvas Learning Center.

If you want to see samples of different Yellowdig pages or need help setting it up, drop by these upcoming Yellowdig demos:

  • Tuesday, April 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Kresge lobby (west side)
  • Friday, April 7, 2:30-4 p.m., Medill, MFC 3-111
  • Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kresge lobby (west side)
  • Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Medill, MFC 3-111

We will be happy to answer your questions about Yellowdig, so please stop by.

Hope to see you there!