Research is not easy: vast amounts of data, hours on hours of analysis, ideas popping up at random times and places. Information to remember, to select, to filter and discard, or to untangle gradually bit by bit.
Or maybe you’d like to delve into visual sources and ideate, track your ideas and build your designs?
Research is indeed not easy. But Conceptboard helps you come on top of many crucial challenges of project design, planning, brainstorming, mind mapping and progress coordination, so that you can concentrate only on the creative part of your journey.
Why should you choose Conceptboard as your online whiteboard?
An online whiteboard helps you piece together ideas, generate new insights and facilitate team retrospects which are all integral parts of a research process.
Without further ado, Conceptboard gives you a consolidated online platform, where you can:
- Brainstorm freely or use our customized templates to assist you
- Visualize your ideas and designs – all in one single space to understand a bigger picture
- Integrate your digital board into regular online meetings with your professor or other contributors to improve the efficiency and quality of your collaboration sessions
- Plan your research milestones to never miss that deadline again
- Tag your collaborators to ask for feedback even when working remotely
- Create your own mind maps or side note libraries to improve your reading experience for more mindfulness and focus
Basic Digital Whiteboard Features to Bolster Research
Conceptboard boosts your research to the maximum, when you use these features:
- Infinite canvas (board size is not limited by spacial limitations or scope and allows your project to build up gradually)
- Standard input tools (writing, sketching, and highlighting)
- Sticky notes and shapes (tools to present textual information more effectively)
- Data import (MS Word, PPT or PDF files, pictures and even embedded video/audio files)
- Shapes and icons to visualize your data
- Customized templates and building blocks to organize your thoughts, plan your progress, keep your data categorized and making retrospects truly beneficial
- Integrated video- and audioconferencing solutions, as well as compatibility with MS Teams
- Feedback tools such as commenting, tagging users and requesting tasks directly from the board
- Access rights management: differentiated board access for different collaborators
- Export function for whole boards or selected board areas – export single fragments of your boards as PDFs or images to keep track of your project, for documentation, or reporting
How to Start?
Brainstorming, planning and Analysis: Templates and Building Blocks
Try out Conceptboard builtin templates to get you started on your investigative journey, and to let your creativity thrive with easy virtual visualization. You can find a variety of templates catering to different use cases:
- Agile Methodology
- Project Development
- Planning & Strategy
For more Conceptboard recommendations about research-related templates, check out 4 Ls Retrospect, 5 Why’s, Bull’s Eye and Fishbone Diagram for streamlining analysis, and e.g. Kanban boards or Annual Planner for time management.
To get more information about the templates, you can check our Blog.
Cannot find the template you like? Create your own via a load link!
You can also create customized templates and share them with your team. All you need is a load link.
Load links make it possible to render a duplicate of the original board. By clicking on a load link, you will generate a separate URL resulting in a new blank template board. If you are logged in, the new board with its individual link will be stored in your board overview. This gives every single user a possibility to use and edit templates individually for their own purposes.
For further information, please reach us out at email@example.com. We will take care of the final implementation.
Mind Clarity: Mind Mapping and Visualization
Mind mapping is a tried way to specify and visualize your ideas. Conceptboard allows you to employ different data formats for better results. Be it a research project for a legal dilemma or a design prototyping set, use videos, pictures, texts and diagrams to create an integrated mind map with no bounds.
For more information on mind maps, check our blog.
Here are some of our examples:
Staying on Track: Planning and Time Management
Your deadlines are strict, but procrastination is stronger?
Plan your research and manage time effectively with our planning tools. Conceptboard helps you to hit those milestones right on time.
Here are some of our template examples for planning:
Sections and Board Navigation
Even if your board canvas is infinite, it doesn’t mean you can get lost on it. Board Sections are a great way to organize your boards. You can use them to:
- create an overview of the board
- create presentations from board content
- change where the board lands when you open it
- create partial custom exports (as image or pdf), or export the whole board
Additionally, your board’s general layout is always accessible to you on the minimap for better navigation.
Collaborating and getting feedback from your peers
Remote collaboration requires a lot of coordination of often conflicting schedules and staying regularly updated on the research progress. Conceptboard boosts your profession cooperation by giving you tools to keep in touch with peers and professors without leaving the comfort of your home. Tag contributors, leave them tasks and comments, and ask their opinion any time and at any place for insightful collaboration. Modern research is often a product of a collective mind and we help you get the best of it.
How to Organize and Share your boards
Your research might be an inspiration for others, but first and foremost it is your intellectual property. Conceptboard provides all necessary tools and limitations to manage access to your boards. Our go-to solution for controlled board access is different access roles for collaborators.
Board access roles provide all board owners with the ability to choose the scope of permitted action for other participants on the board. As you share your board with other participants via share function, you can choose what role they will have when they access your boards.
A standard way to share an online whiteboard is to invite other participants to collaborate. Two most common techniques are to invite people by direct invitation from the board or by sharing a board access link with them. If a simple board link does not satisfy your personal standard for data privacy, Conceptboard lets you set up password to elevate protection for your boards.
What if your boards multiply ad infinitum and you find yourself swamped in a sea of information?
Projects aka Board folders come to the rescue. You can create projects to gather all related boards in one area. There is no limit on the number of boards that can be in a project.
Just as is the case with your boards, projects can also be protected by differentiated access roles. When inviting a Project member, you can automatically set the role that the user will have within all boards in a project.
These roles can also be chosen within a project. When you assign these roles in a project, all boards that are created within that project will automatically use the default roles. Existing boards that are moved into the project keep their role settings.
If your research entails team work and regular cooperation with your partners and peers, sharing projects with them will foster your collaboration in the most effective way possible. Being added as a project member means:
- Access to all boards inside the project
- Being able to create boards inside the project
- Access to all new boards that are created or moved inside the project
- Being notified of all activities in all boards within a project
So, it's settled: Conceptboard can become the most secure and indispensable companion on your research journey. But which version should you go for - free or professional?
Our free accounts can create as many boards as they need, and work with anyone, from anywhere. If you need more than what a free plan can offer, you can upgrade your account to an unlimited number of objects and additional pro features on your boards.
Bonus: after the upgrade, you will receive a whole month of all PRO features for free - this is a little thank you for choosing us.
Depending on your needs, you might consider our free version's limitations:
- 100 Objects per board
Free boards can contain 100 objects (uploads, shapes, and text items… we're not counting scribbles, lines, or hand writing). You can see your object count in the toolbar. When you reach the limit, a popup alerts all board participants. You can then upgrade for unlimited board objects, or move your information to a new board to continue working
- File upload cap
Please note that there is an upload size limit of 10MB for free accounts
- Board access
Free boards have a single type of board access: "Anyone with the link". Board URLs are private to the board owner, who can then share the URL link with others
Professional board features
- board approvals
- board history and versioning
- video/audio chat and screen share