3. Online Card Sorting
Card sorting is a useful creativity method for when you have a substantial amount of information that needs to be organized.
There are two different subtypes of this creativity method. These are open card sorting, and closed card sorting. In both of these activities, participants are presented with many topics or pieces of information and are tasked with arranging them into categories that make sense to them.
Open card sorting involves the participants in the webinar or online meeting, coming up with their names for each category.
Example: In a group of seemingly unconnected words, participants may choose to sort them into nouns and adjectives. This type of card sorting is a more abstract, and creatively open way of approaching the task.
Closed card sorting is where participants are given pre-assigned labels to sort things into. For example, for a meeting related to planning an event, there may be different categories such as, ‘experience’, ‘location’, and ‘timeline.’ Participants would then have to take specific data and group it together under these headings. This type of card sorting is more useful for webinars or online meetings with a specific agenda or end goal.
This technique can be applied to online spaces as a way to develop ideas and categorize information relating to a specific task, while also encouraging discussion, new ideas, and group teamwork.
The best number of participants for this activity is between 4 to 6 people, as it is enough to spark conversation, but not so many that things become confusing, or take longer than necessary.
Within an online space, such as a webinar or online meeting, conducting a card sorting activity is particularly easy when done through a specific interface, an application, a card sorting online tool.
One example you can find on OptimalWorkshop.com. This website offers many creativity supporting features for online meetings and webinars. The card sorting feature is available via OptimalSort tool.