Cohere is a social web app for annotating web documents, making meaningful connections between ideas, and crafting them into maps of concepts and debates.
It builds on extensive R&D at the OU on concept mapping, argument visualization, and the importance of scaffolding different kinds of discourse in learning. As an app tuned for sensemaking, it goes beyond generic annotation tools, which simply mimic an electronic highlighter pen. In Cohere the learner is asked to reflect on the kind of contribution that they believe a source makes to the bigger picture. This pre-empts the kind of unreflective bookmarking and copy+paste behaviour that digital tools can make all too easy.
- Cohere a free, open source web app
- Lightning intro: Clips / Ideas / Connections
- Submission to Mozilla Jetpack for Learning: sets Cohere in a learning context
- The social semantic network map
- Setting agents to watch the network for interesting connections
- Collective intelligence for OER sustainability
- Cohere: A prototype for contested collective intelligence
Cohere is developed in KMi, by the Hypermedia Discourse Team lead by Simon Buckingham Shum. It is one of the learning innovation technologies developed within the Open Learning Network Project (OLnet). Cohere was one of the 10 finalists of the Mozilla Firefox competition Jetpack for Learning Design Challenge.