The Education Futures Collaboration
The Education Futures Collaboration is a registered charity, set up for educators and their partners who wish to work collaboratively to improve the quality of education. The Collaboration is managed by trustees from the Founding Member Organisations - for a full list please see the MESH website here: MESHGuides.org
Engagement in the Education Futures Collaboration is open to all organisations and individuals who support the AIMS of the Collaboration.
Why a Collaboration?
There are pockets of innovation, evidence-based practice and excellence in teaching and learning, nationally and internationally, but if educators are to succeed in a time of global financial uncertainty and educational change, then we must act together to join these pockets up within a specialist environment, which connects us and our ideas and aggregates our networks for the betterment of our profession and the learners.
The Education Futures Collaboration provides an e-infrastructure, which both connects together the isolated initiatives and creates national and international development capacity, allowing for knowledge exchange and co-creation between educators, teacher educators, policy-makers and academics nationally and internationally. Staff from a wide range of universities and schools are already involved in the activities. An analysis of users of the Education Communities platform from the two year pilot stage shows engagement of over 800 educators from over 140 UK schools, universities and colleges; over 70 universities outside of the UK; over 100 charities, companies and education consultancies. The Collaboration notes parallel work undertaken in health to build and quality assure the research base and make available to practitioners through, for example, the Cochrane Collaboration, the Map of Medicine and in the UK, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
There are two key strands of work, MESH and the Community Platform.
Mapping Education Specialist knowHow (MESH) is a ‘map of education’ which provides access to subject and concept specific research-based knowledge about barriers to students’ learning, including interventions most likely to remove barriers. The MESH approach uses online graphical flowcharts or pathways to form maps, as a way of presenting complex knowledge, each node in the pathway providing a link to the display of more in-depth knowledge. The resources presented in these online pathways can be accessed in any web based format such as text, audio or video and are underpinned with rigorous high quality research evidence. This approach is based on a successful model used in the medical field and adopts the ideas of knowledge management to the managing and building of a professional knowledge base for the field of education.
To keep in touch with the Collaboration, register on the Knowledge Hub platform for free HERE and then join the Education Futures Collaboration Charity and MESH open door meeting space HERE.