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Tuning Topics

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

Are you ready to create topic tags for a Yellowdig Community and don’t know where to start? Start by answering these questions.

  1. What do I want my learners to have conversations about in the Yellowdig Community?

  2. How do I make sure they are having conversations about course relevant topics without giving a prompt?

First start by thinking about “student friendly” and specific topic tags. What is meant by student friendly is that the student will be able to connect course content to the topic tags that are created. Specific means topics that help students focus on course information. For example, the topic tags below may be the concepts / theories in the class, but do the students really have the foundational knowledge to have a conversation about these topics? Some of the topics are also too broad.

Below scroll through a list of topics that are a bit too full of jargon or too broad so that they would be difficult for students to apply. ❌ Remember - this is an example of what NOT to do. ❌

When using a topic tag with the description such as “week 1”, the connection for learners to start a conversation is not there. How will the learners make connections to different ideas in class? How will they know what is being covered each week without having to reference other materials? Including topic names of weeks or modules doesn’t help learners make connections to course content nor increase memory of learning information.

Below, scroll through an example of topics that are too generic and would be difficult for students to use and draw connections between. ❌ Remember - this is an example of what NOT to do. ❌

Think about what topics you would like the learners to talk about and what they understand. In other words, think like a learner.

Below you will find topic tags that learners can connect to and start conversations. With topic tags that are easy to understand and connect to, learners feel more comfortable and empowered to share their ideas.

Below, scroll through an example of topics that are well tuned to learners' needs. ✅ Remember - this is an example of what TO do. ✅

Your topic tags will be the catalyst to great conversations. Creating course related topics that learners connect to will bring the joy of learning to your Yellowdig Community.

For more information on topics, please check out The Topic is the Topics article.

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