Why?

Encourage student collaboration, increase students' coverage of the relevant literature, let students learn through inquiry, and get students excited about research.

How?

Step 1: 

Create a Google Document or a MS Word Online document, ensuring that students have basic editing permissions.

Step 2: 

Encourage each student to find and read one item that is relevant but not on the reading list.

Step 3: 

Each student writes their chosen reading and three key takeaways in the document.
It's a good idea to have an example at the top of the document, showing the best format for a reading item and takeaways.

Example:

Feel free to use this template to set up your collaborative reading document.

Advanced tips

Do this in advance of an assignment deadline so that the document can become a revision resource and an encouragement to draw on references beyond the reading list.
Comment on some students' takeaways and readings (e.g. "Be aware that Author X is tends to view this week's materials in a specific light...").


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