Much of what students learn in activities comes from working with others while both sharing understanding and giving feedback.
Collaborations can be difficult given the size of classrooms, length of meeting times and immovability of chairs in large lecture halls. The following tools help overcome these barriers.
Technology that allows users to work collaboratively is not only useful in training students for the modern workforce but also allows students to work together despite time and geographical distance. Timestamping and change-tracking features are also useful for instructors to see how effectively the group and its members are working together.
Free, secure and unlimited storage is available to everyone at UB via UBbox. Alternatives for those working outside of the UB environment would be Google Drive, Dropbox or Padlet.
There are many applications that let users easily create mind maps that can be edited collaboratively.
Working in pairs or small groups to find, assess, summarize and present content in specific topic areas makes for a great learning experience and assignment. Zotero and Mendelay are free software to help collect, organize, cite and share research sources.