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Our Project Video “Inquiry across Classrooms” Included in the NSF STEM for All 2017 Showcase

http://videohall.com/p/990 In current practices, inquiry learning is often organized as short and scattered activities in individual classrooms. This research explores ways to support sustained inquiry and dialogue across classrooms. We tested a multi-layer interaction design: As students engage in focused … Continue reading

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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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