Digital Promise Launches ‘Research Map’ to Help Edtech Leaders, Developers Get Smarter

A WEB OF KNOWLEDGE: Are “market maps” still in vogue? (CB Insights recently published one for edtech startups but it befuddles us how Remind, EverFi and PowerSchool can all belong in the “learning management system” category.) This week, Digital Promise is borrowing that concept for its newly-released, interactive “Research Map” that aims to help education leaders and developers find learning science studies relevant to their work.

The tool surfaces research from nearly 100,000 journal articles, accessible through two interactive visualizations that show how 12 high-level education topics—from student motivation to teacher learning—are related. Users can drill deeper into subtopics to find more precise research for their needs. There’s also the ability to save and share articles. (Unfortunately, not all articles are available for free.)

The idea behind the Map is sound; after all, why should quality research be siloed off in obscure journals? Our one quibble: the interactive charts are pretty but can be confusing to navigate at first; we recommend watching the tutorial video.

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