Use the point wizard to set up points for your Community. If this is your first time using Yellowdig, we highly recommend sticking with default settings, as our defaults have been intentionally calibrated for maximal student engagement.
Later on, if you decide to alter the point settings, keep in mind that changing point values will change student behavior. Here are some ways to incentivize specific behavior patterns:
- To promote content sharing, increase points for posts.
- To promote discussion or debate, increase points for comments.
- To promote quality, increase points for receiving reactions, comments, and accolades.
Why? Points motivate engagement. They also gently encourage learners to engage in specific ways without enforcing overly strict rules about participation. And social points—points for receiving comments and reactions—incentivize the production of high-quality posts and comments. Strict rules about how to participate tend to reduce the natural discourse that the platform was meant to encourage, and we see that as a strength of the Yellowdig platform in creating a genuine learning community via our gamified nudging system.