Scholar: Our Pathbreaking Social Knowledge Space for Schools, Universities and Publishers

Transformations

Scholar is a place for the creation, publication and dissemination of new knowledge, from informal posts that prompt conversations among peers, to formal peer review and publication of knowledge. It represents a quantum leap beyond the old fashioned document formats, change-tracking routines, and file-shuffling knowledge management and publication systems.

Transform Learning

Scholar is a cutting edge, peer-to-peer “social knowledge” technology, for learning communities from Grade 4 to Higher Education.

Transform Writing

In Scholar, creators develop multimodal works that can include text, image, video, audio, dataset—and in fact, any other digital media.

Transform Assessment

Scholar’s revolutionary knowledge analytics mean that learners and teachers, creators and admins, always have an answer to the question “How am I doing?”

Transform Publishing

Scholar supports publishing to multiple formats, with no messy documents, files or emails—from children’s school projects to scholarly journals and books.

Paradigm-Changing ‘Social Knowledge’ Technology

Scholar is a paradigm-changing ‘social knowledge’ technology, breaking new ground in several major areas:

Multimodal Meanings

Represent your knowledge using Scholar ’s clutter-free and powerful web authoring tools in the Community dialogue area and the Creator web writing space. Include text, image, video, audio, dataset, or any other file.

Knowledge Evaluation Tools

Use customizable filters to evaluate knowledge, including rubric-based reviews, in-text annotations, knowledge and information surveys, and a natural language processing checker. Perspectives include self-evaluation, peer evaluation, and evaluation by the people (admins) coordinating knowledge communities.

Connect in Knowledge Communities

Join others in Scholar for knowledge and learning conversations, with optional feeds to Facebook and Twitter. In Scholar, the social glue is "peers" in dialogue and giving structured feedback in knowledge producing communities, rather than "friends" or "followers."

Common Ground has been building leading edge semantic publishing technologies since 2000.

Our Partners and Supporters

Scholar is the product of four years of intensive research and development at the University of Illinois and Common Ground, supported by major grants from the Institute of Educational Sciences, US Department of Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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