Ongoing engagement

Collaborative Literature Review Matrix

Create a discourse community whilst also sharpening close reading, research, summarising, paraphrasing, and citation skills.

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Collaborative Literature Review Matrix
Educator prep: None
Student prep: None
Synchronous or Asynchronous
Shared online space
Duration: Variable

Activity purpose

Create a discourse community whilst also sharpening close reading, research, summarizing, paraphrasing, and citation skills.
 

Useful for

Preparation ahead of a class discussion about a certain topic when several readings have been assigned. Preparation ahead of a class discussion about a specific topic when students need to conduct their own research to select articles/sources. Preparation ahead of students writing a literature review as part of a research proposal or research paper.

Sharpens close reading, research, summarizing, paraphrasing, and citation skills.

Encourages content mastery.

Preparation

Setting up a shared editable Google Doc or a Wiki within your LMS.

Adding a literature review matrix table (see below as an example).

  SOURCE 1 SOURCE 2 SOURCE 3 SOURCE 4
Main idea/argument 1 [enter quote or paraphrase] [enter quote or paraphrase] [enter quote or paraphrase] [enter quote or paraphrase]
Main idea/argument 2        
Main idea/argument 3        
Main idea/argument 4        

Instructions

Post preparation, make it clear how you’d like each student to contribute to the literature review matrix.

E.g. 1 entry in total or 1 entry per assigned article or multiple entries from an article they found about the topic through their individual research.

Duration

This is an asynchronous activity. It can run for as long as you need it to run.

Technical requirements

None.

Useful resources

N/A

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