Berlin, 01 February 2017 – PaperHive has today announced its latest development on its cross-publisher collaborative reading platform that enable private group conversations. Channels transform dispersed, conversations on research texts into documented, structured private conversations that enable further collaborative communication in research and education.
The latest development, Channels, allows private group conversations on any document on PaperHive; bookmarking for organising relevant published documents for the channel; and provides notifications and activity feeds for recent discussions and bookmarks within the channel. Channels can also be used by individual users as a private channel to store and annotate relevant texts to be cited later in their research theses, articles or as part of seminar/lecture preparation.
Private, organised discussions give an unprecedented boost for collaboration in research and e-learning
As a mathematics researcher, Co-founder Dr. André Gaul, had always wanted to be able to have private conversations with his colleagues at TU Berlin within academic texts. After receiving similar feedback from early PaperHive adopters around the world (professors at universities who wanted to use PaperHive while teaching and young researchers who have international networks of collaborators), Channels were developed and launched.
Dr. André Gaul, co-founder of PaperHive:
“Research groups and collaborators are now able to conveniently, and privately, exchange new ideas around documents they are reading for advancing their own research work. Likewise, educators can use Channels to engage with students, spark discussions, set tasks and delve deeper into texts with their students.”
Educators and students can use Channels as an e-learning tool for both traditional and distance learning (e.g. MOOCs). Channels enable increased engagement with teaching content in seminars and lectures, better and faster understanding and more interaction for students with their fellow students.
Channels are already receiving praise from higher education users, Prof. Dr. Jörg Liesen, Principal of the Numerical Linear Algebra Department at TU Berlin said:
“Private channels are a great tool for working with textbooks in lectures or seminars, and a way to encourage students to actively engage with suggested readings.”
Both new users and researchers who already use PaperHive are now able to have private communications with invited colleagues on all published articles on PaperHive. Those in the research group will save time through structured collaboration and note-taking as they are able to ask and answer questions, exchange ideas and opinions, easily share references and suggest related articles.