Social learning is about to become much easier. StudyBlue, a mobile and online study service that specializes in helping students (and teachers) create digital flashcards, just unveiled a new way for students around the globe to share notes, explain concepts, and collaboratively learn about literally anything.
It’s like having a personalized group-based Khan Academy video lecture. Only you can ask questions of your peers, view their study notes (flashcards), explain your thought process, and harness the power of groups using social media. There’s more than 1 million people that you can reach out to on StudyBlue so there’s a good chance someone is trying to learn the same thing as you right…about…now.
It’s a big innovation in the world of collaborative online learning.
StudyBlue has been seeing an explosion of resource sharing over the past year. I’m not talking about a little amount, either. They’ve seen their students share more than 40 million thoughts on just about every topic imaginable. So what’s new and why should you care? Check out this newly-unveiled :30 film for details:
MADISON, Wis. (March 8, 2012) – StudyBlue®, a mobile and online study service, has released new functionality that enables students to quickly share and compare their explanations with those of their peers. Designed for students from middle school to medical school, StudyBlue is the best way to store, study, share and ultimately master course material – for free.
In little more than a year, students have shared more than 40 million perspectives on everything from the Pythagorean theorem to Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” “Nearly 2 million more are added each week,” said Becky Splitt, CEO of StudyBlue. “This new functionality allows students to connect with each other around shared explanations in a way that takes learning to a whole new level.”
As students create online flashcards on StudyBlue, they are presented with the 30 other most relevant flashcards on the topic. They can then create a new one; review, study or add to an existing card; or view related material or information related to the student author. The cards are ranked by usefulness and mapped to related terms that other students are studying, ensuring they don’t miss key concepts. Anyone can test-drive the database of explanations simply by visiting StudyBlue’s home page.
The new functionality allows students to compare their understanding of a topic with that of their peers, bringing many of the benefits of group study sessions to the masses. “We think the best way to improve education is to help students help each other,” said Splitt. The act of comparing each other’s explanations is like an instant study session with a group of talented students. We believe we’ve laid the foundation for an entirely new way to study.”