I recently came across this website called Amplify that works just like Twitter and other social networking sites. However Amplify seems to be a much more effective tool for collaborative learning than any other freely available learning tools today. I say this taking into account some of the unique features in Amplify.
There are top 6 Features in Amplify that makes it an effective tool for collaborative learning. Here is the list:
- Amplify Add-in : You can integrate Amplify into your web browser and it acts just like a Go button. Every time you come across an interesting article, you can share it with others within seconds without any manual entry.
- Amplify URL/Amplify Selection options: These options are really interesting. In Amplify, you have the option of sharing portions of a web resource. For example, if you want to share an interesting finding about usage of e-learning from a report, you can highlight a specific portion in the report and share it with others.
- Add you take option: This is the best option in Amplify. Every time you share information, you can add your 2 cents to it. So when you share resources with others, they get to read your perspectives/thoughts/opinions about the topic.
- Recommend option: If you find an interesting resource posted by your friends, you can recommend it. You do not have to repost it.
- Amplify Daily Brief: Every day you receive a list of resources posted or recommended by your friends. So even if you are not checking the site, you get to check the resources through your mailbox.
- Integration with Popular Social Networking sites: You can sign into Amplify using your Twitter or Facebook accounts. This makes life easy
The features above do make Amplify an effective tool for collaborative learning. For example, if four students are working on a research paper, all of them can sign into Amplify and follow one another. During the process of researching, each of them can keep posting resources to Amplify. The resources could be full length articles, quotations from e-books, interesting findings from reports and so on. The resources can be qualified with personal comments/thoughts/ideas. Amplify will help the students to collate information, discuss and share ideas/thoughts as they work on their paper.
Amplify could also be used by organizations for employee training and learning. May be Amplify could be integrated into the corporate intranet or learning portal. Last but not the least, I must say I love the user interface design of Amplify and on a usability scale of 5, I would rate it as 4.5.
Now I would love to hear from you:
Have you used Amplify? What is your take on its use for collaborative learning?
Please share your thoughts.