Classmate: A trainer’s toolkit to support and enhance evidence production training activities with interactive micro-tasks


Workshop session 5: Thursday, 14:00-15:30

Workshop category: 

  • Improving conduct and reporting of syntheses (including teaching and learning)


Date and Location


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Anna Noel-Storr


Dooley G1, Wisniewski S2, Steele E2
1 Metaxis, United Kingdon
2 Oxford University, United Kingdom
Target audience

Target audience: 

Particularly aimed at trainers, educators, teachers of evidence based healthcare

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Objectives: People often learn best by doing. Trainers will be able to use Classmate to create exciting activities for learning about evidence production and synthesis. The tool will allow trainers and educators to create rewarding ‘learning by doing’ classroom activities by customising tasks from the Cochrane Crowd platform:

Learners will improve their research and information skills by carrying out practical tasks in identifying and classifying clinical trials and studies. Tasks can be tailored to their areas of interest or expertise.

Description: The workshop will begin with a series of short presentations describing the aims and objectives of Classmate, including reporting on the results of early pilot evaluations of the tool.

The workshop will then provide participants with the opportunity to create a learning event using the Classmate toolkit, involving:
• Selecting an appropriate micro-task such as RCT identification;
• Deciding on size of the group and setting of the students;
• Deciding what the reward/s should be.

We will also run a pre-designed event within the workshop to demonstrate how Classmate can be used.

The workshop is open to all with an interest in be able to use Cochrane Crowd’s tasks within learning or training environments.