Learning and Support Department is engaged is a variety of activities guided by the Cochrane Training and Professional Development Strategy. The following are the key projects or programmes planned for delivery in 2016 and beyond.
Cochrane Learning Live is a series of monthly webinars aimed at anyone interested in learning skills or gaining knowledge and experience relating to Cochrane activities. The programme of speakers and the recordings of past webinars are available here.
Trainers' Week was a virtual conference organized for the first time in April 2016. The conference was a series of free online events open to everyone across the Trainers’ Network and beyond, with a variety of creative and interactive events happening to give Cochrane's Trainers an opportunity to learn, and to learn from each other. Webinar recordings and accompanying materials are available here.
The Training Innovation Fund was set up to support a project that clearly showed an inventive or pioneering approach to meeting the needs of Cochrane’s learners. The Fund for 2016 has been awarded to Cochrane ClassMate, a trainer's toolkit to support and enhance evidence production activities with interactive microtasks. For more information click here.
Editor training and accreditation is a programme covering a broad range of activities, including the project 'Developing Core Competencies for Scientific Editors of Biomedical Journals', which is initiated and currently being led by by David Moher’s research team at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Cochrane is providing partial funding for this work, and Learning and Support Department is a key collaborator. A scoping review published through this project is available here.
Online learning modules (OLM) Rebuild Project has been initiated to update the content of the existing OLMs, improve their didactic quality, and move them another technical (software) platform to enable easier editing and updating in the future.
The ACTIVE (Authors and Consumers Together Impacting on eVidencE) project is about developing resources for authors to support user involvement. The project will synthesise relevant evidence, information resources, and examples of active user-involvement in successfully completed reviews and report on these. It will also provide learning content to support development of online learning relating to user-involvement in Cochrane reviews, including case studies and best practice examples.