Generating a knowledge base
During your program, many students are still working on developing their knowledge of the subjects they study. To help speed up this process, and have students share their findings, you can let them create a knowledge base together. A knowledgebase is a central and shared repository of collected knowledge, similar to an encyclopedia, Wikipedia, or a digital library.
You could use this...
- To help students learn how to
- organize information;
- link to resources;
- cite sources;
- critique and interpret sources;
- To practice communication and collaboration skills.
- To help students with creating their own materials that can be used to prepare for the assessments, such as a summary or glossary.
Keep in mind
- Although little preparation time is required, the structure and navigation, including tagging/indexing of the knowledge base, should be created before you start.
- Decide what your role in the process will be. You can choose to be a writer, a reviewer providing feedback, or an assessor giving a grade. If you want to challenge your students, you could also provide incorrect information that students need to find and refute.
Options & Examples
There are many suitable tools that can be used for creating a knowledge base. You can work on the following activities with your group.
- Co-creation and writing articles
Tools such as a wiki or platforms such as OneDrive will allow smaller groups of students to work together on the same content, such as a blog or an article. You could also decide to adopt a page in Wikipedia to improve together (discuss with the editors of the page).
- Concluding and reporting
To stimulate responsibility, you can assign groups of students to recap and create live session reports. Create a dedicated spot where these summaries are shared and where other students can add/comment accordingly. When making live session reports in Kaltura Live Rooms they can use the notes section and whiteboard options.
- Creating a repository
You can let your students find and summarize articles. By letting students upload their content in a shared folder on Brightspace, a shared repository is created, while skills like analysing, evaluating, and summarizing are practiced. You can use annotation tools to comment on the shared material.
- Wiki systems: various variants of open source software available.