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Student Generated Content

Purpose and Benefits | Getting Started | Examples | Additional Resources

Purpose and Benefits of Student Generated Content (SGC)

Woman with computerWhen you have students create, or generate, content you moved them from being consumers to being prosumers (producers + consumers) of content as they create, collaborate, and share with other students and the instructor. The content students create can even be used for future offerings of the course or in real world projects.

The benefits of SGC for your students are far reaching and valuable:

  • Move them from watching or reading content (passive) to creating it (active), ensuring better content retention and richer understanding
  • Give students ownership over their learning
  • Provide real world audiences and applications for their work
  • Allow them to produce work of lasting value
  • Help them build project management skills

Getting Started

1. Describe the purpose - answer the question students want to know: “What’s in it for me?”
2. Provide clear instructions that break projects into small chunks with formative feedback
3. Share an example successful project for students to model
4. Suggest appropriate technologies
5. Provide ample resources for required technologies, including:

  • Links to tutorials
  • Getting started or how-to guide
  • Technical support information


Below are some examples of ways students can generate content.

  • Presentations - Students can select the best presentation software for their needs
  • Role Playing - Students are presented with a situation, must take on the role or character of a person in that situation, and act it out; then reflect on their actions in relation to the objectives.
  • Journaling - Reflection/Metacognition
  • Podcasting - Interview with local practitioner, documentary exploring a health treatment, etc.
  • Jigsaw - Ask students to become the experts on specific pieces of content then create 3 -5 minute videos that teaches their peers the concepts they learned.
  • Video and Screencasts - Students demonstrate knowledge or give presentation to a specific real world audience
    • Video/Vodcasting: Individual students record videos, the instructor then creates a YouTube playlist for each Class compiling these
  • VoiceThread: Lead a group interactive & multimedia discussion
  • Wiki using Google DocsGoogle Slides, or Google Drawings (see Blogs and Wikis)
    • Collaborative Paper Writing
    • Collaboration Presentations
    • Practitioner’s Handbook
    • Whitepaper
    • Infographic

Additional Resources