Last Updated: April, 2023
Product: Common Ground Scholar (CGScholar) is a learning management system that harnesses digital media to meet goals in teaching, learning, and assessment. CGScholar includes a suite of applications:
CGScholar is designed to support student learning through the following activities:
Research & Development:
CGScholar is the result of more than ten years of research and development by academic researchers and through Common Ground supported by the ED/IES SBIR program, the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Common Ground Media Lab uses design research and agile software development methodologies. Two week-long research and development cycles involve a mix of: 1) incremental changes to the existing software based on user feedback; and 2) new areas of app development, with a focus currently on a next generation of semantically aware artificial intelligence.
Numerous peer reviewed studies demonstrate the usability, feasibility, and promise of CGScholar to support educational outcomes for students from grade 4 through doctoral dissertation writing. In a study of an English Language Arts grade 7 and 8 classroom with 23 students, CGScholar's learning analytics provided students 1,172 pieces of actionable machine, teacher, and student feedback and generated progress visualizations for teachers to understand the whole class and individual student's progress based on 147,796 datapoints covering 16 different datatypes. In another study with 398 medical students, CGScholar supported the peer review processes for critical clinical analysis, anticipating the kinds of peer communication and collaborative thinking required of medical teams when coming up with medical diagnoses and plans of treatment.
Path to Commercialization:
As of 2023, CGScholar has 350,000 active accounts and is used across all subject areas from grade 4 to college, community education, and workplaces. Common Ground uses a 'freemium' resourcing sustainability model. The Community and Creator apps are offered at no charge here to users above 18-years of age. The Bookstore app also offers learning modules for free and are accessible to all on the web. Licensing fees are charged for Publisher and Analytics apps and for privacy wall-protected under-18 accounts.