How to get students to find and read 94 articles before the next class

Michael Wesch wrote up a quick post describing how he crowdsourced the reading list for his course - students found articles, reviewed a few each, and shared the resulting reviews. In the end, students had quality summaries available for 94 articles, while only having to read and summarize a handful themselves. Distribution of workload, and the power of openness.

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All summaries were due 36 hours before the next class period, leaving those final 36 hours for all students to read all the summaries posted by their fellow team-members.

By the time of our next class, all 16 students had read 5 articles and been exposed to the main ideas of 94 articles. This created an amazing foundation for deep conversation. I think all of us were literally on the edge of our seats, finding connections and debates across the literature at a level I have *never* experienced in an undergraduate setting. I count it as a huge success, and I would highly recommend it to any other faculty out there looking to spark an engaging conversation with your students.

I'm planning on writing a tip sheet for faculty members to follow this pattern using tools and resources that are available to them on campus. For instance, a WordPress blog with a category for "Article Reviews", possibly using something like Flutter to create the structured article review fields etc... Could even add star ratings to help prioritize items.

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