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Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow (MESH)

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Marilyn Leask is currently Professor of Educational Knowledge Management at the University of Bedfordshire. She has initiated and managed a number of innovative projects focused on using digital technologies to support improvements in education. She was a founder member of the European SchoolNet in 1995 (www.eun.org). In this seminar Marilyn will introduce new ways of working and publishing, and opportunities for international collaboration through MESH —Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow (www.MESHguides.org)—a worldwide digital publishing and research collaboration project.

In 2009, the OECD called for the creation of knowledge-rich, evidence-based systems to empower educational leaders and teachers with the knowledge needed to transform models of schooling. MESH addresses this issue. Through collaborations such as Map of Medical Healthguides, the Cochrane Collaboration and the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), policy into practice has been strengthened in the medical and health professions. The education sector has the technical expertise and credibility to do the equivalent (Concept to Classroom) through MESH .

MESH is a newly developed ‘translational research’ system involving educators worldwide in building a quality assured ‘wikipedia’ of professional knowledge for teaching. MESH , when fully developed, will use an innovative knowledge mapping approach to provide MESH Guides which provide personalised research based advice and just in time learning to support teachers in extending and deepening their professional knowledge. MESH provides a system supporting scaling up of small-scale research, collaborative research, online-publishing and system improvement.

This talk is part of the Faculty of Education Special Events series.

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