Ginkgotree Announces Plan to Incorporate Collaboration into LMS via Personal Learning Network

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A new technology startup, Ginkgotree, Inc., will make social course book collaboration between faculty and students inherent.

Ginkgotree Course Reader

Collaboration is an incredibly effective learning strategy.

When Ginkgotree, Inc. unleashes their LMS software later this year, both faculty and student users will have the ability to share their course materials with other users. This comes after the recent unveiling (link to last PR) of their course pack solution.

“Programmers stopped emailing files back and forth years ago; with a platform called “git,” a team of developers can stay up-to-date without emailing files left and right. We're finally making this possible for educators,” professes Cofounder and CEO Scott Hasbrouck.

Faculty will import and upload media, including PDFs, videos, and web snippets, they desire into Ginkgotree, and then invite other faculty to view and use their custom content - either piece by piece or their entire content library. When another faculty member accepts an invite, they’ll have the opportunity to view the compiled materials and incorporate them into their own online student books within Ginkgotree. Students taking the course can also play a part in the collaboration; they have the option of posting a simple note to alert their professor of any confusing or inaccurate media right in the Ginkgotree course reader. This is aimed at making it easier for professors to make necessary edits to the material based on feedback.

“In college I had bookmark list upon bookmark list to ‘organize’ the resources I used for each class and subject - it was messy at best, and there was definitely no good way to share it,” says Lida Hasbrouck, Marketer for Ginkgotree. For this reason, students will have the same import and upload options as faculty, and Ginkgotree will encourage them to bring in external media of their own. Ginkgotree wants to make helpful learning tools go viral, starting at the classroom level and working its way up.

“Collaboration is an incredibly effective learning strategy,” states Phil Selander, Creative Director for Ginkgotree.

Both faculty and students will also benefit from shared commenting in the Ginkgotree university reader. Once a faculty member or student comments on a piece of media, they’ll either choose to keep it private or make it public. If the comment is public their professor and classmates will be able to view it and respond. This will all be possible without exiting the current content - something not yet offered in any other course reader.

Ginkgotree believes the future of education lies in social course packet collaboration. Promising to be far more than the traditional course ebook, their platform will allow for individual professors to create a custom course and share their course packs, all within an innovative learning management system (LMS) which handles copyright clearance automatically. They hope to reduce college course prices for students who use a Ginkgotree coursepack instead of a textbook. And for those students lucky enough to have several professors using Ginkgotree at once: “Ginkgotree will be a flat $10 a month for students accessing an unlimited number of classes,” notes Lida Hasbrouck.

The Hasbroucks have some history in shared notetaking; PaperDesk, their notetaking app exclusively on the iPad, has been available for purchase since the launch of the first iPad, over 2 years ago, to date.

For more information, visit Ginkgotree or call 734.707.7191.

Ginkgotree is located at 1327 Jones Drive Suite 106, Ann Arbor MI 48105.

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