EnquiryBlogger is one of the tools being developed in the Learning Futures programme, a partnership between the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Innovation Unit, working with schools to create learning which is deep, authentic and motivational.
The project is co-led by Simon Buckingham Shum and Rebecca Ferguson (Open University) and Ruth Deakin Crick (University of Bristol)
EnquiryBlogger will extend the core features of a robust, open source blogging platform in the following ways, in order to better support the learning journey that distinguishes the personalised (but often collaborative), authentic inquiry. These are currently conceived as:
- Scaffolding through the activities that make up an enquiry introducing the different kinds of activity and dimensions of learning power.
- Embedded ELLI profile reflecting the student’s self-perception of their own learning dispositions and skills. This may possibly be an interactive spider diagram, which has already been prototyped, enabling students to indicate aspirational ‘stretches’ along dimensions.
- Use of a pre-defined set of tags for a learner to indicate when they believe an entry in their blog maps to one or more of the eight enquiry dynamics shown above. Provision and use of an agreed set of tags means that both students and educators can search within and across student blogs to retrieve examples of, for instance, questioning.
- Integration of knowledge mapping functionality using one or more tools developed at the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute. These are Compendium and Cohere.