Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Webinar Recordings

Introducing Cochrane Classmate: new ways of working and learning together to produce health evidence

People often learn best by doing. In response to the frequently asked question, Can I use Cochrane Crowd for my students? we developed Cochrane Classmate. This tool enables people to use the Cochrane Crowd tasks for their groups of students. Cochrane Crowd is a platform that offers a range of small, discrete tasks aimed at identifying and describing health research. Many of the tasks are suitable for beginners, and a brief interactive training module accompanies every task.

This webinar begins with a short presentation describing the aims and objectives of Classmate. It covers the basics of how to use Classmate, as well as describes the major updates made to the platform in 2020. This includes the ability to invite groups to participate in the three main learning modules available on Crowd (Key Concepts, Understanding Study Designs, and Introduction to CONSORT), as well as the ability to set up ‘pathways’ (a set collection of tasks and activities) for students using Classmate. A live demo is done to demonstrate how to set up a Classmate activity for a group of people, and how to monitor progress.

The presenter for this webinar is Ms. Anna Noel-Storr. Anna joined Cochrane in February 2008 as an Information Specialist for the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, Oxford University. She still holds this position, but since 2016 has led the Cochrane Crowd initiative, a crowdsourcing platform where contributors can dive into needed tasks aimed at helping to identify and describe health evidence. This work has had a major impact on Cochrane’s ability to keep up with the deluge of information. She is also the lead on Cochrane Classmate, a sister platform that enables people to use Cochrane Crowd tasks for engagement and learning activities with their groups.