Cochrane Classmate – where your students want to learn

Cochrane Classmate – where your students want to learn

Cochrane Classmate, launched at the Global Evidence Summit in September, could change how evidence production is taught in classrooms around the world.

From the people that brought you Cochrane Crowd, we present Cochrane Classmate: a trainers’ toolkit that lets you create exciting, interactive tasks to help your students learn about evidence production.

Cochrane Classmate is available to everyone. Join the growing number of teachers and trainers using this innovative online learning environment.

We ran another challenge earlier today…I told the teams that if any of them beat me I would buy them pizza. I was quite confident that I would win…they beat me, and I had to eat humble pie, and buy them dinner!” [Nai Ming Lai]

Overall it’s a very straightforward interface to use” [Miranda Cumpston]

Who is Cochrane Classmate for?

Anyone who teaches on topics related to evidence production, such as evidence-based medicine, systematic review production, understanding PICO, study designs, citation screening or research reporting standards.

How does Cochrane Classmate work?

It’s very simple.

Step 1: Pick a training module from the Classmate library.

Step 2: Upload your class’s email addresses and Classmate will handle the rest, sending out instructions to each student.

Step 3: Make a cup of tea, sit back and relax.

Cochrane Classmate

What modules are available?

Three modules are available now:

  1. Randomised controlled trial identification (RCT ID). Your students will learn how to identify RCTs and quasi-RCTs in a fun challenge environment.
  2. Clinical trials identification (CT ID) This task is all about identifying randomised trials specifically from the world’s largest trial registry.
  3. Diagnostic test accuracy identification (DTA ID). This is a more challenging task: learning how to identify studies that are about assessing the accuracy of diagnostic tests. These studies come in all shapes and sizes!

Will more modules be added?

Yes. The next modules, Introduction to Study Design and Introduction to CONSORT, are planned for late 2017.

Ready to get started?

Visit Cochrane Classmate now. Read the FAQs and start using Classmate as soon as you’re ready.

Want to learn more?

Please join us for an Introduction to Classmate webinar on Tuesday November 28th. Sign up here.

Classmate 28Nov

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