The Kiva is a collaboration tool that facilitates group communication and helps organize project work. The Kiva is based on the idea that groups communicate through posts; that is, the Kiva feels like a chat session in which group members send and receive messages to one another. The Kiva has benefits over email and chat, because all the group meeting notes, files, images, links, and discussions are stored in one place, so that everyone in the group always has access to them. The Kiva is asynchronous so that group members can chat without being logged on at the same time.
The structure of the Kiva is flexible and allows Kiva members to organize and view work in ways that make sense to them. It is designed to make it easy to set up meetings, exchange ideas both within and across groups, plan activities, and reduce the time spent handling logistics.
Two of the key benefits of the Kiva are:
The Kiva has been used in over 50 classes and 30 research projects at Carnegie Mellon.
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