About the Educational Futures Evidence Hub

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your experiences in Education - as a learner, educator, researcher or policymakerOpen ChallengesPotential SolutionsSupporting (and challenging) evidenceProjects and OrganizationsRelevant Web resourcesResearch Debate - Claims you think that Research in Education allows us to make

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The Educational Futures Evidence Hub aims to provide an environment to systematically interrogate the Educational Futures movement on what are the people, projects, organizations, challenges, solutions and claims that scaffold the future of Education. Ultimately this website will build an evidence hub which represents and maps the collective knowledge around the future of Education.

WHO

The Evidence Hub is developed by the Knowledge Media Institute team (Simon Buckingham Shum, Anna De Liddo and Michelle Bachler) in partnership with the VITAL project.
We are indebted to Harriett Cornish for graphic design.

WHY

Education is a worldwide phenomenon which impacts society at different levels from grassroots local initiatives to higher national and international policy. It should be no surprise then how difficult it is to understand and keep pace with the challenges, success and failures of Educational initiatives, projects, research, tools and practices. It is therefore even more difficult to try to develop an evidence-base of Educational effectiveness, and to identify the gaps in research and practice that still need to be explored to really push Education forward toward nodel Educational Futures.

From the pragmatic side

  • Where is Education at?
  • What are the challenges Education still need to face?
  • What are the potential solutions to those challenges?
  • What is the evidence supporting those solutions?

To answer these questions we need a collective effort. We need answers that are built together by sharing, knowledge resources, stories and insights on Education research and practice. We need collective intelligence in action.

WHAT

The Evidence Hub aims to provide researchers and practitioner in Education with a dynamic and living map of where Education Futures is heading.
We aim at building a social Web environment which works as a Collective Evidence Hub for the Education Futures movement.

To do so http://edfutures.evidence-hub.net/ provides scholars, researchers and practitioners with an environment where:

  • new projects and organizations can be added to the network,
  • new challenges and questions can be posted, explored and discussed,
  • new solutions can be proposed to tackle the major challenges facing Education,
  • relevant evidence and Web resources for the Education Futures community can be shared to contribute to the evidence base of Education innovation impact on teaching and learning,
  • new claims of learning effectiveness can be made and investigated, that are informed by the Educational Research debate and backed by robust evidence in favour and against such claims.

HOW

The Evidence Hub builds on research on Collective Intelligence, Sensemaking, Knowledge Mapping and Social Web technologies and provides an environment in which, by filling simple web forms, users can add their knowledge, ideas, interpretations, and see them instantly mapped within the global Education Futures network map.

By aggregating and mining single contributions the Evidence Hub provides a collective picture of the Education Futures movement. This picture can be explored in form of a simple textual interface (as list of organizations, claims, evidences, issues, resources) or in a more visual way as network map.

The platform allows different users to build progressively and collaboratively on the same content, thus facilitating collaborative knowledge production and discovery.

Moreover the system provides users with contextual recommendation based on matching themes. This means, for example, that if you have made a claim, shared some evidence or a piece of data on copyright issues other relevant data on copyright will be suggested to you for exploration.

The system also allows you to easily add evidence or present counter-evidence to other people's claims, thus triggering conversations and knowledge sharing between people who tackle similar issues.

Finally the Evidence Hub allows users to visualize, explore and be part of the social network of contributors to the Collective Intelligence Hub on Education Futures.

The Evidence Hub is part of the Cohere family of softwares which are social web tools for knowledge mapping and collaborative annotation developed by the KMi hypermedia discourse team.

  • collect evidences by annotating free web resources, thus using clips of text to ground their claims.
  • Exploit advanced network visualization, search and filtering to interrogate and explore the network maps of claims, evidences, issues and themes.
  • Develop a personal evidence, claims, issue and solutions portfolio.
This advanced functionality will be slowly added to the Evidence Hub in the future.