Making research more accessible

We've created a number of easy-to-read research resources exploring ways to improve teaching and learning. You'll find a list below of the current research available in various formats, including our Byte-Sized pieces in short and long versions, as well as our AI Readiness webinar series.

Research into the role of technology

in education during the UK Covid lockdown

For the last 8 months, EDUCATE has been conducting research into UK EdTech and Covid, and has collected data from surveys, social media, parents and teachers' groups, parents apps, EdTech entrepreneurs, school leaders, and interviewees across the educational landscape.

As you read this, the report is being finalised and is due to be launched in December.  It will be hosted on our website here.

 

To get a taste of its flavour thus far, watch Dr Carmel Kent's 30m presentation below, recorded at EDUCATE's hosting of the regional GESAwards semifinals in late November. 

 

Explore our Research Topics

Wellbeing

When developing health-related educational technology or interventions to improve wellbeing, designers and educational technologists should consider multiple complexities, including the challenges related to measuring wellbeing while conducting research.

Artificial Intelligence

To understand AI, and reap the potential of AI for society, we need to be able to identify the difference between AI and Human Intelligence. In addition, since our students and children will experience the greatest impact of AI - both from an employment perspective, but also from cultural and sociological perspectives - we need to evaluate how AI impacts education.

Motivation, Feedback & Mindset

When developing and using educational digital environments, it is important to consider the conditions that are known to promote learning. Exploring the constructs of motivation, feedback and mindset in education helps to understand how EdTech products and services might be enhanced.

Augmenting Human Decision-Making

The exact role of AI in education is not easy to predict and there are still debates over whether it should be developed to assist human cognition or replicate it.  The use of multimodal classification models have been found to assist educators and businesses and provide advanced feedback and reflection.    

Perceived Credibility of Research Evidence

Public perceptions of educational research credibility are uneven, and it is suggested that more work is required of AI in education's stakeholders, chiefly academics and developers, to communicate with the public and recover a potentially misleading reputation of AI in education and more broadly. 

Guided Independent Learning

For the last 30 years there has been an extensive movement to change teaching in Higher Ed through innovative strategies involving independent learning.  Research suggests that providing guidance during independent learning can benefit knowledge acquisition and understanding.

Ongoing Research Studies

The original EDUCATE accelerator Programme, part-funded by ERDF, saw 272 EdTech startups come through its doors, and the research team working on that programme devised a number of studies looking at the data generated from those close working mentor-company relationships.

The Studies:

1. Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the educational technology sector to become more research-minded.  An introduction to the collection of articles

Alison Clark-Wilson, Anissa Moeini, Kusha Anand, Canan Blake, Mutlu Cukurova, Santiago De Ossorno Garcia, Kim Issroff, Rose Luckin, Tunde Olatunj, Laura Outhwaite & Kristen Weatherby

2. Preemptive intervention and its effect on student attainment and retention

Murray Morrison, Canan Blake, Fraser Embleton-Smith, Jan Gosiewski, & Jonathan Zvesper

3. The mentoring relation as an interpersonal process in EDUCATE: a qualitative case-study of mentor-mentee perspectives

4. Developing Little Bridge as an evidence-informed English language learning platform for 6-12 year olds

Emma Rogers, Kristen Weatherby

The above studies are due to be published in the February 2021 Research for All issue.

5. The importance of boundary objects in industry-academia collaborations to support evidencing the efficacy of educational technology

Alison Clark-Wilson, Kristen Weatherby

6. Developing a more comprehensive ontology for EdTech

Alison Clark-Wilson, Carmel Kent

7. EdTech Entrepreneurs’ understanding of research

8. EdTech Entrepreneurs’ understanding of theories 

Kim Issroff

9. the Evidence-informed Learning Technology Enterprise (ELTE) Framework

Research Archive

Below you can find our Research Team's published works, including

educational research papers, publications, journal contributions, and more.

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