What Makes Yellowdig More Engaging Than Your LMS Discussion?

Updated: May 26

“I found that the Yellowdig discussions were far more personable than any other LMS discussion boards I have partaken in. The flexibility of content and responses made it more engaging and exciting... I definitely found that people were more active and excited about posting and responding to others' posts. Previous blackboard discussions have felt somewhat forced -- the responses are always standard and plain.” - Undergraduate Student, Drexel University

LMS Discussions are commonly utilized by instructors as a means of discussion and participation, but they consistently fall short in facilitating real and engaging conversations. Feedback and data have suggested that Yellowdig Communities add greater value to the learning experience than traditional discussion forums. As this student expressed, Yellowdig Communities encourage active peer-to-peer engagement that is personable, interactive, and fun.

So, what factors make Yellowdig Virtual Communities more engaging than LMS Discussions?

The 9 feature sets of the Yellowdig virtual classroom platform foster a community environment where users and instructors enjoy participating and engaging on a regular basis.

The 9 feature sets include, design framework, grading, data, audience focus, notifications, social feedback functions, content exploration, campus networking and co-curricular communities, and alternative interaction modes.

Design Framework

business 101 class on Yellowdig virtual classroom

LMS Discussions are designed as separate discussion assignments that are usually arranged by a course module. Yellowdig communities are designed as a single scrolling content feed with active conversations at the top. This design framework invites students to engage with all of the course material rather than one specific topic or prompt.

Engagement, Retention, & Satisfaction

Placing active discussions at the top of the feed allows good conversation topics to stay active while others drop off. Also, the social media style of Yellowdig has a familiar feel for users. A single scrolling feed keeps all of the content in one location and encourages both curiosity and exploration.

Educational Efficacy

All of the content in one location allows for integration across course topics and the review of course material across the entire course. More contact time with the course content naturally results in higher student success.

Instructors and Administrators

The benefit of Yellowdig’s design framework for instructors and administrators is that there is no need to create assignments. Yellowdig communities also do not rely on the instructor to constantly spur conversations. Students spark conversation by asking questions, sharing insight, and connecting course content to current events or articles. Instructors chime in as they see fit.

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Engagement, Retention, & Satisfaction

This patent pending point system changes student behavior to create worthwhile peer-to-peer interactions. By earning points for starting good conversations, students are less likely to procrastinate.

Educational Efficacy

The gamified platform encourages more content consumption and actual conversations.

Instructors and Administrators

Since the Yellowdig point system is automatic, instructors do not need to spend time grading posts. Therefore, instructors will have more time to interact and share expertise, resulting in less adversarial relationships with students.

Campus Networking and Co-Curricular Communities

How an online learner connects to Yellowdig

While LMS Discussions are strictly for the course setting, Yellowdig functions as a standalone platform that is useful for student interaction in all aspects of student life such as, orientation, programs, job boards, alumni communities, etc.

Engagement, Retention, & Satisfaction

Yellowdig becomes a familiar fixture of the student journey in and outside the classroom, and students are able to reconnect with peers beyond the classroom.