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I designed and instructed two courses (American Cultures and Research Methods) that were intended to develop pathway students’ information literacy skills, critical thinking skills, ethical reasoning abilities, as well as their oral and written communication skills. Frustrated with my students’ progress, I met with a colleague who recommended Padlet, a free online platform that works like a digital message board, where web links, short video/audio files, and various document formats can be summarized/explained and shared. Student feedback from the end of course evaluation forms indicated that most found Padlet to be a useful tool for organizing and summarizing their sources. They also noted that while they were nervous giving the short research-to-date presentations, they became more confident over time and enjoyed comparing their own work to that of their peers.
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