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Mapping the Deeper Learning Literature using Cohere

Mapping the Deeper Learning Literature using Cohere

OLnet Fellow Helen Jelfs (Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol) just gave an update on the work she's doing in her fellowship, focusing on mapping the research literature on "Deeper Learning", the term used by the Hewlett Foundation to cover their education program's priority to "deliver the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in a world that is changing at an unprecedented pace." The OLnet Project's distinctive angle on this task is that she is using the Cohere Web 2.0 collective intelligence tool developed in the project to annotate sources and map their connections.

Abstract: In this talk I will be presenting some aspects of the process of mapping 'Deeper Learning' literature using Cohere. 'Deeper Learning' focuses on the dispositions and skills of learning how to learn and enquiry-based learning, two of the most fundamental concepts for learner engagement. These dispositions and skills are at the heart of the 21st Century education - and are key to preparing “K-Life” learners (i.e. from early school days, to the current workforce, and beyond) to cope with dilemmas and levels of complexity that will make unprecedented demands on them intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Doing a literature review is a common and well understood task, so understanding how Cohere adds, or might add value – or even change the process is worthwhile. I will illustrate the process, comment on some of the difficulties I have encountered in using Cohere, and suggest some ideas for improvements.

Biography: Dr Helen Jelfs is a Research Associate at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol and is currently an OLnet Fellow developing an understanding of Open Educational Resource (OER) design and use worldwide, with a focus on annotating and mapping literature on the theme of Deeper Learning using the web-based annotation and discussion tool, Cohere. Her research focuses on the design and implementation of innovative pedagogies, including the theory and practice of ‘deeper learning’ and the relationship of learning how to learn and the spiritual development of young people. She is currently working on the evaluation of ‘Learning Futures’, an Innovation Unit project which is evaluating the impact of innovative pedagogies aimed at increasing student engagement in leading-edge schools, and the ‘Spirituality, Learning and Personalisation’ project, which exploring the relationship between learning how to learn and the spiritual development of young people. After gaining her PhD, which focussed on the challenge of cultural change for Church of England schools especially given their Christian foundation and character, Dr Jelfs was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Liverpool Hope University where she taught on undergraduate courses in Initial Teacher Education and Education Studies.

Presenter: Helen Jelfs, Simon Buckingham Shum & Anna De Liddo

Date: 13 July 2011

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In the following images selected from the seminar, you can see first the tag cloud in its current state in Cohere, providing a bird's eye view of key concepts in the emerging analysis of "Deeper Learning", after which is a sequence of 'time-lapse' images showing the growing connectedness of the concepts, and then an example "nexus point" -- a relatively highly connected node in the network ("Learner Autonomy"), also reflected in the tag cloud. We are thus beginning to see how Cohere supports the literature analysis process...