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Thursday, December 10 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
mindJig: An Evidence Based Framework for Fostering Collaborative Communities in Large Classrooms

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Students tend to learn best in collaborative settings that foster debate and discussion, yet this is very challenging to accomplish in large online classes. To this end, a tool called “mindJig” was created that serves as an “online tutorial” for students: mindJig helps students explicate some type of information, participate in debate, and work collaboratively with their peers to produce a piece of writing. The tool fosters the twenty-first century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thought, creative thought, and self-reflective thought. The high level design of the software was informed by research in pedagogical sciences, humanities, and design think; mindJig specifically makes use of Dr. Elliot Aronson’s “Jigsaw Classroom” technique, the Socratic method, and David Rosenwasser et al.’s “Notice and Focus” technique. A key focus of the tool revolves around the concept of collaborative communities: mindJig teaches students how to collaborate with individuals that offer competing perspectives of a topic on hand, teaches them how to debate about their ideas, all while learning to offer counter arguments and rebutting the feedback they receive, and also how to work as a team to produce a work of analytical writing. This tool is currently being tested in University of Toronto’s Introduction to Psychology class. In the paper presentation of this tool, participants will get to see screenshots of a sample mindJig assignment and learn how the software is faring in our pilot tests. They will also get the opportunity to learn how they can incorporate some of the pedagogical activities mindJig uses in their own classrooms, regardless of the availability of technology or budgeting.

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Aakriti Kapoor

University of Toronto-Scarborough, Advanced Learning Technologies Lab

Thursday December 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Meeting Room B

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