“None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard
This article explores how one university is using bundleIQ (formerly bnotes) as a tool to facilitate collective pedagogy in the classroom. In the next couple of paragraphs, I’ll take you through the mindset shift that occurred to move from today’s learning environment into the classes of tomorrow.
Today, students enter classrooms across the world as individuals aiming to secure passing grades that allow them to advance and earn a degree.
A paradigm shift is among us as students are opting to come together and learn as a team rather than individuals, outside the traditional constructs of group projects.
What Collective Learning Could Look Like
If professors could manage expectations in a way that allows students and professors to collaborate and learn from each other, then this idea of collective pedagogy* could, in theory, increase the intelligence of the class. Let’s explore a use case together that is happening at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The Case for Adopting bnotes in the Classroom
Everybody has an IQ score that quantifies their baseline intelligence (see below).
IQ scale Interpretation of IQ score % of population
above 130 | Very gifted — 2.1%
121–130 | Gifted — 6.4%
111–120 | Above average intelligence — 15.7%
90–110 | Average intelligence — 51.6%
80–89 | Below average intelligence — 15.7%
70–79 | Cognitively impaired — 6.4%
When individuals come together as a team; however, their intelligence becomes Collective Intelligence, a score that isn’t equal to the mean or average of their IQs.
Collective Intelligence (CI) is shared or group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration, collective efforts, and competition of many individuals and appears in consensus decision making.
I recently sat down with Dr. Elliott Jardin, neuroscientist, and professor at Skidmore College, to communicate my vision for building CI in the Classroom. Being the forward-thinking individual that he is, he leaned in and moved towards inquiry.
“Educational Innovation such as this is greatly needed as classical conventions have grown stale.” — Dr. Elliott Jardin, Professor at Skidmore College
According to Dr. Jardin, students come to class, having completed the assigned readings and individually documented their answers to the prompted questions in bnotes. A predetermined group presents the material, and the non-presenters take notes as a moderated discussion ensues.
This thoughtfully integrated approach to teaching has students and professors documenting knowledge in a shared workspace where “note-takers” summarize class conversations.
In the same way, a football coach sets the ground rules and takes his team through a playbook, so too can professors teach principles and provide a framework; a professor, in this case, Dr. Jardin, is acting to ensure that his team trains together and wins together.
Student Kaleigh Howard won a competitive “student opportunity grant” to pursue research in collective intelligence and has chosen bnotes as the primary tool to facilitate learning.
“This software helps us work independently but also helps us come together to build on each other’s knowledge and understanding of schoolwork. So often in classes, students are forced to either work in a group or independently. Rarely is there a way to combine both.” — Kaleigh, Student at Skidmore College
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- Sign up for a free workspace — www.bnotes.co
- Download the bnotes app on the App Store — http://bit.ly/bnotesdownload
- *Collective — a collection of people, skills, and talent that produces a result greater than the sum of its parts.
- *Pedagogy — the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept.