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Using word clouds to empower students to become workplace learners

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Miley, F. M., & Read, A. F. (2011). Using word clouds to empower students to become workplace learners. Journal of the Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11(2), 91-110.


This article examines student responses to a technique for summarizing electronically available information based on word frequency. Students used this technique to create word clouds, using those word clouds to enhance personal and small group study. This is a qualitative study. Small focus groups were used to obtain student feedback. Feedback indicated that students adapted their use of word clouds in ways consistent with their learning style preferences. Kolb’s learning styles inventory was used. Student response also indicated that word clouds have potential in the workplace.

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