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Our work is in the UAlbany Annual Research Highlights

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Our research project was spotlighted at the NSF Video Showcase event: “Advancing STEM Learning For All: Sharing Cutting Edge Work and Community Discourse” (May 17-23, 2016)

Connecting Idea Threads for Sustained Inquiry and Discourse:  http://videohall.com/p/770 This project aims to enable student-directed, sustained knowledge building by which ideas are continually developed, built upon, and refined, giving rise to shared goals and structures to guide their deepening work. Current … Continue reading

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New NSF Cyberlearning DIP grant: Connect Idea Threads Across Communities for Sustained Knowledge Building

Our Design and Implement proposal (DIP) submitted to NSF’s Cyberlearning program has been funded. This new four-year grant with a total funding of $1.34 million will develop a macro-layer collaborative platform for connecting idea threads across different communities. Drawing on recent advances … Continue reading

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Dr. Jianwei Zhang gave an invited speech at ICCE 2013 about principle-based design for creative knowledge practices

Inquiry-based learning practices to cultivate creative knowledge work currently rely on prescriptive designs that pre-specify a set of procedures to generate preset outcomes, with limited creative engagement of teachers and students in the design process. In his invited speech at … Continue reading

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Idea Thread Mapper (ITM) Released in Both English and Chinese

Funded by a NSF Cyberlearning research grant,  Drs. Jianwei Zhang, Mei-Hwa Chen, and their team recently created a timeline-based collective knowledge mapping tool– Idea Thread Mapper (ITM). It can help members of knowledge building communities to engage in formative  reflection on … Continue reading

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