We know the suggestion to not make strict participation requirements is a repeat, but making elaborate assignments takes time and then enforcing the rules of those assignments takes more time (and is frustrating). More importantly, structured assignments tend not to create the kinds of interactions, information sharing, and community quality that Yellowdig is most useful in fostering. Further, the social interactions and fun of using the platform in more free-form ways gets the attention of students that tend to tune out for other kinds of class requirements. Save the time preparing and enforcing structured assignments and instead spend a few minutes each week Upvoting, Badging, and interacting with your students in Yellowdig.
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