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Creating Networks to Support Academic Connections for Students

Rutgers Professor Highlights Yellowdig in Forbes

September 18, 2023

In her compelling Forbes article from September 2023, Dr. Marybeth Gasman delves into the indispensable role of cultivating networks to bolster academic connections among students. Gasman underscores the necessity of robust support systems, particularly for marginalized student groups, highlighting their pivotal role in fostering an inclusive learning environment. 

One specific detail she emphasizes is the importance of creating spaces where students from diverse backgrounds feel welcomed and valued, as this not only enhances their academic performance but also contributes to their overall sense of belonging within the academic community. Gasman's insights shed light on the transformative impact that inclusive networks can have on student success, resonating deeply with educators, deans, and provosts alike who seek to create supportive environments conducive to learning and growth.


"Yellowdig uses an inquiry-based approach to promote deeper learning and discussions. This approach creates a peer-driven learning experience, while reducing faculty effort through “gameful practices.” The Yellowdig platform includes 24/7 conversations, mentoring and peer learning, real-world examples, simulations and case studies. All of these efforts are focused on producing deeper learning."

About the Author

Dr. Marybeth Gasman

Dr. Gasman is the Associate Dean for Research, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education & Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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