Data Clouds: Filter the Activity Feed by Topic, Theme, Sentiment or Site


The Ponder activity feed for a group is the starting point for exploring what's top of mind across all of the readers in the group. 

When your group really gets going though, you want to be able to "zoom out" and make sure ideas aren't slipping by unnoticed, or look through all of the micro-responses with a common attribute.

The "Latest" "Long" "Mine" and "★" filters are covered elsewhere, but within any of those tabs, you can also filter four additional attributes: Topics, Themes, Sentiments and Sites. To access these, select the "Topics" entry under the yellow Data tab at the top right of the feed.

Once you select "Topics" the cloud panel will slide out from the right side of the activity feed, presenting word clouds for each of the four attributes.

For each attribute, Ponder generates a word cloud based on the amount of reading activity within the item. The underlined items are the ones that you have read within, the ones that are not underlined are ones that your group-mates have read within, but you have not.


Click a cloud item, and the feed will be filtered to show only those items that match that attribute. Just like for search, the time-frame selector allows you to broaden the result set to include older documents.

With each click, you will notice the activity feed re-adjusting in the background behind the panel. To return to the feed, click the yellow arrow at the top left of the panel to slide the panel back out of the way. 


Ponder topics are automatically generated through a natural language processor's evaluation of the text of the documents being read by the group. This means that a document with the "Education Reform" topic as above may not actually mention the phrase "Education Reform" explicitly, as it is not simply searching for the text, the way our search feature works. It's a little smarter than that.

The themes cloud is a representation of how often micro-responses are explicitly tagged with the themes that are configured for the class

The sentiments cloud is a representation of how often micro-responses are created using the sentiments configured for the class.

The sites cloud is a representation of the distribution of group reading activity across the sources configured on the group reading list.

All of these clouds can be used to filter the activity feed by clicking on the words, however, not all clicks may show nuggets in the activity feed, as not all documents had micro-responses created on them.



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