I recently learned of a new tool from RRC Instructor, Michelle Lodewyks. She's an Instructor in the Disability and Community Support Program.
She learned about it from Colleen Isfeld, who learned about it from a CAE Instructor, Eva Brown. I thought you might like it in your teaching toolbox, too.
The tool is called Padlet. It's a free tool for online collaboration.
Michelle uses it in a few different ways. If her class is preparing for a guest speaker, she may open a Padlet for students to share questions they would like to ask. Michelle then saves and shares the questions with her speaker in advance of the presentation. Or, if students have returned from visiting a community organization, she may open a Padlet for students to share a highlight or discuss their learning.
Michelle noted a few significant benefits for students and herself: “One of the features that is most helpful is that students and I can see all the comments at one glance. This makes collaboration more efficient. I can also save the completed Padlet as a PDF or image, which makes it easier to share and store."
I created a sample Padlet to show you what it looks like. Click on this link. To enter a comment, double click anywhere on the screen, or click the plus sign on the bottom right.
I'm currently teaching a course where half the students are with me at NDC, and the other half join via WebEx from the Roblin Centre. I used a Padlet this week for small group discussions so all groups could share their brainstorming in real time.
I'm also considering how I could use a Padlet in my exclusively online course. I'm thinking I could use it for students to ask questions about an upcoming assignment.
Thanks for sharing, Michelle!
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