Student Spotlight: Improved Retention

"Yellowdig saved my semester. I was so lost a month ago because I felt like I couldn't handle this class. I was close to dropping all my classes because I was so stressed. I started using Yellowdig because of the #hardthings question. I was able to see who you all are and your personal stories. I was also able to vent with you and see that I was not alone. I realized that I had to stop feeling sorry for myself and put in all the effort I could, just like everyone else." - Student

Instructor Spotlight: Continuous Engagement

Eric Olson
University of Florida

How Yellowdig Impacts Learning?

Yellowdig helped them engage with the class when they were thinking about it - not limiting them to the time in the classroom ..... Read More
Daniel A. Gruber
Northwestern University
I know the elements of the material about which the students are most enthused and have new perspectives to weave in ...... Read More
Jeremy Petranka
Duke University

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The digital platform for active, perpetual learning

Education vs. Learning

Education Learning
overall paradigm delivery discovery
social structure hierarchy community
context classroom world
environment simulated real
content fixed open
assigments recipes frameworks
activities consumption & repetition construction & creation
infrastructure administrative focus empowerment focus
assessments teacher-driven community-driven
process standardized personalized
motivation extrinsic intrinsic
expectation grades & certification skills & experience
Complementing the in-class experience with a digital component can make the education experience a learning experience.
But it has never been properly executed.
Message boards are antiquated.
LMSs are built for classroom management, not student engagement or learning.
New attempts use a tired top-down pedagogy not a student-driven approach.
Facebook and other social platforms weren’t built for education and aren't FERPA compliant.
But the reality remains truer than ever: Today's student is digitally native. They were born into the internet, device-in-hand.
The way in which they learn is dynamic, real-time and collaborative.

This is not a bad thing.

It is an opportunity to get the digital component of the learning experience right.

The Requirements

Start from the student, design in reverse. Create incentives, not limitations. Build a positive and supportive environment. Create a data feedback loop.

The Solution

Augment the education experience with familiar, intuitive technology that drives collaboration, increases engagement and creates active, perpetual learning.

The solution is Yellowdig

Yellowdig creates active, perpetual learning. It is a collaborative, immersive digital learning platform that complements the traditional educational experience.

How Yellowdig Works

For Instructors

1. Seamless LMS Integration

For Instructors

2. Create Topic Tags

For Instructors

3. Customize Points System

For Instructors

4. Connect to Gradebook

For Students

Students join Board in one tap or click from any device

For Students

Students drive content generation, pinning, commenting on and up- voting articles, videos, podcasts, interviews anything from anywhere. From any device, in real time.
Pinning interesting, engaging content
Social engagement

For Students

Students drive content generation, pinning, commenting on and up- voting articles, videos, podcasts, interviews anything from anywhere. From any device, in real time.

What Makes Yellowdig Different?


Yellowdig provides a user experience that aligns with technologies most used by today’s digital native student. It feels like Facebook. It is instantly familiar and natural.


Yellowdig Android and iOS apps align with “mobile” student. Learning happens anytime, anywhere, on any device.


Yellowdig nudges student participation and use through email and notifications


Yellowdig increases student participation, engagement and sharing both outside and within the classroom. It takes the learning beyond the bell. It sparks new discourse.


Yellowdig leaderboards spurs healthy competition amongst students, igniting topic exploration, driving learning.


Yellowdig generates actionable insight for both student and instructor. Participation points system data integrates seamlessly into gradebooks.

Use Cases

Online Only

Yellowdig enables immersive, collaborative learning amongst a geographically disperse student population. With no in-class component, Yellowdig facilitates engagement, developing a deeper connection to the material.

Hybrid Setting

Yellowdig provides a digital complement to the education that take place predominantly out of the classroom, creating a collaborative, engaging space amongst students and instructors that otherwise would not exist. Examples include executive graduate programs such as EMBAs.

Traditional Setting

Yellowdig augments the traditional university level course, creating a technology-driven, collaborative experience that facilitates active, perpetual engagement, participation, discourse and immersion into current affairs and perspectives.


Yellowdig facilitates unrealized collaborative opportunities amongst siloed faculty and staff members, revolutionizing the development and implementation of institution-wide initiatives such as strategic planning and student services development.

Why Students Love Yellowdig

  • Familiar, Intuitive
  • Feels like Facebook
  • Personalized learning
  • Notifications
  • Collaboration, Sharing

Why Faculty Love Yellowdig

  • Solves the whole problem, not just one aspect
  • Facebook-like experience
  • Tight LMS integration
  • Privacy compliance (FERPA)
  • Accessibility
  • Built-in participation points tracking, gradebook integration
  • Universal content access for all saves time
  • Students actually use it
  • Easy, open data analysis

There is something magical about peer learning. Casual conversations, exchange of ideas, or occasional debates help form meaningful bonds with other learners, which make learning more fun, and real.

Back in the day

As I look back into my own MIT and IIT days, I realize that I have learned as much from my peers as I have from my favorite professors. Some of those bonds have lasted well beyond those formative years and have morphed into lifelong friendships.

Research has shown that peer learning can substantially improve learning outcome for students. Renowned Chicago Economist Benjamin Bloom showed that students tutoring each other could improve learning outcome by 2 standard deviations above traditional methods. Other empirical studies have shown that students can retain up to 90% of what they learn by teaching each other, far higher than when students are mainly on a receiving mode.

We now live in a dynamic digital era where textbooks are no longer the only source of learning. Students constantly find interesting videos, articles, research, talks, pictures that can complement the standardized syllabus. When students freely collaborate on real-time knowledge, new ideas can form spontaneously.

5 Things

We, at Yellowdig are on a quest to unleash the power of peer learning in educational institution settings. We believe there are several advantages of using a technology platform:


Old school discussion tools may feel clunky and not as simple as consumer social tools like Facebook or stackoverflow that students are increasingly used to

2Group Size

Peer engagement works well in small groups, but weak in larger groups such as a classroom or a community. Research has shown that weaker connections are often the best source of new knowledge and ideas, which Yellowdig enables

3Crowd Sourcing

It is easy to find the most relevant content when everyone is looking together as a group and sharing with one another


As online reputation becomes increasingly important, students are motivated to increase participation and help build valuable knowledge communities


Feedback loops and intelligent analytics can help provide useful information to students, faculty and institutions to continuously build and improve student engagement and learning outcome


Every color has a color psychology. The color yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect. Yellow is associated with optimism, cheerfulness, enthusiasm, fun, good-humored, confidence, originality, creativity, challenging, academic and analytical, wisdom and logic. These are all the qualities we want to bring into education and build a platform that students, professors, and administrators actually like to use.

Being able to share interesting tech articles with my classmates.
- Student, MIT Scale
When we are overwhelmed and distracted by the information on social network platforms, we finally would be able to hear and focus on what our cohort would like to say and share on a single platform.
- Student, Wharton School
I like the process of sharing cool articles with my classmates so I can stay up to date about current technologies and increase my class participation at the same time.
- Student, Wharton School
I like that media can be shared so easily among classmates. It's a very rich way to share information from outside the classroom and a great way to review classmates' contributions.
- Student, Wharton School
For me, the most useful aspect of Yellowdig is the fact that I am able to browse through and read several interesting articles related to our class without having to look up the articles myself. This way, I deepen my knowledge of related topics with help from other classmates.
- Student, Columbia Business School
Yellowdig is such a great way of connectivity towards your teachers and professors, making everything related to class accessible and easy to view
- Student, Columbia Business School
I find that during school I never know what to read or where to access information, and this creates a good outlet for sharing of valuable information. Also, as someone stated today, we get to see the sources that other students are using.
- Student, Columbia Business School
Its the perfect mix between social networks and scholastic databases which allows for students and professors to stay up to date with the expansive information being presented
- Student, Columbia Business School
The most useful aspect of Yellowdig is its simplicity. Although there are likely very many features and things that could be added to the site, it is important that it remains simple in structure.
- Student, Columbia Business School
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