Yellowdig allows instructors to assign points to various engagement activities such as posting, commenting, liking, and clicking on links. Points can be assigned weekly to derive a participation score for the semester or a period of the semester. The points are integrated into the Canvas Gradebook. The tracking system also tells instructors when students post and reports the word count.
The Yellowdig platform has several components. These include boards, pins, comments, likes, and tags. A board is a topic-based collaboration platform. Each class or group that students are a part of will have a board, similar to the group discussions in a typical Canvas course. These discussion boards can be open or closed depending on the use and duration of the activities. Closed boards are invitation only. To join a closed board, the board owner (usually the instructor) needs to either invite the student to the board or have the student join from the Canvas course page. Open boards are open to the entire university network.
The benefits of using Yellowdig:
- Yellowdig can be accessed through Canvas, the Yellowdig app, or the Yellowdig website.
- Yellowdig can be accessed after the semester ends (not restricted by the academic semesters).
- Yellowdig integrates social media tools such as upvoting, comments, and tags.
- Yellowdig is private, without advertisements or sponsored social media data mining.