Encore: A Learning Sciences Wiki

Jim Slotta’s research group up at UToronto has put together a wiki to track learning sciences research and resources.

ENCORE is an Educational Network and Community for Open Resource Exchange. It is created, managed, and maintained by volunteers from within the learning sciences. Our goal is to support researchers as they exchange open source or open content materials, including relevant support documentation, constraints to implementation, and contact info. ENCORE is implemented in an enhanced wiki format, allowing for easy maintenance of small thematic spaces and collaborations. Researchers may find great materials here, and get support from colleagues to embed or intermingle those materials effectively and appropriately. Instructors or students in learning sciences courses may find and contribute reviews of papers, technologies, or other resources. Small groups can form “Collaborations” to support their efforts to exchange materials or develop new ones.

Right now it’s a bit light on content, which is the usual challenge for collaborative sites in their “pre-tipping point” stage of development. Encore is also going up against more established resources like LESTER.

LESTER’s fundamental mission is to encourage the open exchange of information and ideas within the learning science and technology community. By contributing to LESTER, you can help to build a more useful gateway to information about educational technology and current research into learning, make your work more widely known, keep current with ongoing research, and exchange information with colleagues.

LESTER’s current content dwarfs Encore’s, but Encore may be trying to promote active collaboration and knowledge-building in a way that goes beyond what LESTER tries to do. (For example, Encore’s a pure wiki approach, where LESTER content is managed more centrally.)

In any case, more LS resources can’t hurt.

posted April 05, 2007 by eric

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