Kialo product overview
Kialo is an online-based argument mapping and discussion platform that improves critical thinking and reasoning skills. Its clear, visually compelling format makes it easier to follow the logical structure of a discussion and facilitates thoughtful collaboration. With the platform, users can create a space where all can have private and public arguments in a friendly, nuanced, and balanced way.
Kialo allows users to understand different points of view and helps with collaborative decision-making. It enables individuals to take on issues big or small, build consensus on a topic, and explore every aspect of a discussion. It encourages users to be more thorough about the issues that matter most, and the world around them. Included under the Kialo umbrella is Kialo Edu, a custom version of Kialo built specifically for educators for reflective classroom discussions.
Pros of Kialo
- It cuts through the noise typically associated with social and online media, streamlining engaging in focused discussion.
- It lets educators take classroom discussions online and break down complex subjects for students.
Cons of Kialo
- According to some users, Kialo’s moderation tends to have biases and needs to be more neutral.
Breakdown of core features
Kialo enables users to visualize discussions as an interactive tree of pro and con arguments. Users can add the Thesis, which is supported or weakened by pro and con arguments. Each argument can branch into subsequent arguments that support or attack them. Individuals can also link arguments to multiple locations. The system reflects changes to linked arguments in all locations.
Discussions in Kialo are private by default and can be seen only by the user who created them. Users need to write a brief description, set up their Thesis, and add an image. After creating a discussion, users can invite others to debate and contribute. In addition, individuals can publish the discussion to make it available publicly to all Kialo users. The platform lets users see the entire discussion tree through the eyes of different individuals, opponents, or groups to better understand their thinking.
Comments in Kialo remain outside of the official discussion. Users can talk with other people about problems with wording, make suggestions, or ask questions about an argument in the Comments section.
Individuals can rate theses and all the arguments contained by their impact on their parent argument. Kialo has Impact Meters that indicate ratings to move impactful arguments to the top.
(Last updated on 07/01/2022 by Liz Laurente-Ticong)