When it comes to online classes, it can be a challenge to get students to collaborate together when they’re all completing their work from home. However, Yammer is a powerful online tool that can help students share notes, ask questions, provide feedback to one another, collaborate on group projects, and much more. This is why several Independence University students have started using it to collaborate on projects and assignments. As an online student, how can you get the most out of Yammer? Read on for some great tips.
What Is Yammer?
Yammer is a private and secure social networking platform designed for use by businesses and other organizations as a collaboration tool. Not just anyone can join a group in Yammer. Everyone in the group must have an email address from the business or organization setting up the group. Schools are perfect candidates to use Yammer since all students attending have email addresses from the school they’re attending. Groups can be organized by instructors for individual classes, or students can even create their own study groups. Most college-age students are very familiar with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, making Yammer a very easily adopted application.
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Benefits of Yammer for College Students
Yammer creates an experience of more engaged learning for students. The main benefits for students and instructors are:
Communication and collaboration
Creation of study groups
Accessibility for all students at any time
Greater comprehension and retention
File-sharing of notes and assignments
Communication & Collaboration
Both Group and Private Messaging
Yammer provides a way for instructors to easily make announcements outside of class time. Students can ask questions that come up while working on assignments, and any member of the group can contribute to the discussion. When a student has a question, chances are that someone else in the group will have an answer. Questions posted to the group can incite group conversations where multiple points of view can be presented and discussed. Group conversations can evolve into productive debates that encourage critical thinking on current class topics. Messaging in Yammer can also be private rather than only open-forum. This allows students to collaborate one-on-one with peers, without interrupting the overall discussion.
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By observing the communication in Yammer groups, instructors are able to see what content students seem to be struggling with the most, and what topics are most interesting to them. Surveys can be posted to gain insight into understanding how curricula can then be effectively adjusted to best fit the needs of each individual class.
More Accessibility for All Students
Since Yammer can be accessed from any device that has access to the internet, students can quickly contribute to conversations and collaborate on assignments from anywhere, making group work collaboration easy. Everyone in the group receives a notification when a question or announcement has been posted, or if a file has been shared. Students can access Yammer on their smartphone from wherever they are. Collaborative groups such as these encourage more timely involvement than emails alone.
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Better Retention and Comprehension
A sense of community is created through schools using this type of platform, and students generally feel more invested in their education. Invested and engaged students perform better in their classes and have better retention and comprehension of the course material. Enriching the academic experience with Yammer further prepares students for success in their future careers. Many companies use Yammer and similar products for project management and business communication. By using a platform like Yammer in college, students will already be familiar with these advanced collaboration tools.
Instructors can share the class syllabus and any assignment outlines in the online group to make documents available at any time, rather than students having to keep track of several papers for each class.
Students can share files to the entire group or through private messaging for peer reviews. Considering that students’ schedules are likely going to vary greatly, being able to share drafts of research papers for review at any time makes completing assignments easy.
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More Engaged Learning
Learning isn’t limited to lectures led by the instructor—sometimes the most valuable learning comes from class discussions. These discussions are often led by students in their Yammer groups. This engaged form of learning leads to better retention of the course material. At Independence University we strive to offer our students the right tools to help them thrive in their academic experience. Take the first step in improving your future. Contact us today to request more information
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