This year our presentation was entitled "Using Mendeley for Collaborative Learning." The researchers were Dr. Pamela Eddy, Associate Professor of Higher Education; Tehmina Khwaja, doctoral student in higher education and a Fulbright Scholar; and Sharon Stone, doctoral student in higher education and graduate assistant in the Technology Integration Center within the School of Education.

Using Mendeley for Collaborative Learning
Ideas Shared by Workshop Participants

  1. Citation manager is useful for many reasons and wouldn’t use Google Docs for these types of tasks.
  2. Is there a more iPad-friendly application? EndNote was suggested.
  3. Did something similar in RefWorks for a debate class and found having six students in a group was too big. What is the right size? How do you know? Maybe trial and error. From this experience, maybe four would be a good size.
  4. What made the larger groups unwieldy? It was the group dynamics, but also the feeling on the part of those who joined the discussion later that anything they might add would be of little value.
  5. Be sure you coordinate with other professors to avoid technology fatigue. The same application can be used in several different courses.
  6. All group annotations are visible to you for every group you are a member of. This makes it easy to evaluate participation by looking at a single document.
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Please contact us if you have any questions about how we used Mendeley in the classroom for collaboration.

Pamela Eddy, Ph.D.
PEddy@wm.edu

Tehmina Khwaja
tkhwaja@email.wm.edu

Sharon L. M. Stone
slstone01@email.wm.edu