For those of you familiar with the Recollective structure, you’ll know that there are two primary areas in the platform to gather insights from your participants: Activities and Discussions. Out of the two, activities is certainly utilized more, however most of the studies I manage use both.
Activities are key, as they allow you to guide participants through a series of tasks to gather answers in a very structured way. Activity responses can be socialized, and conversations surrounding task responses often does ensue, but if a group discussion is your main priority then creating a discussion topic to gather these insights is likely the best way to structure and present these questions.
One of my favourite and likely the most effective way to ensuring participation (aside from providing specific incentives to do so!) is to bridge the gap between activities and discussion topics with a prompt task. The last task in the activity should be set up as a prompt button that brings them to either the Discussions tab, where they can see all available topics, or straight into a specific topic. In the prompt task instructions I recommend stating participation goals, for example, “please provide your reply to this topic and comment on two other participant’s replies”. Continue reading