Focus of Research

The rise of a knowledge-based economy and society calls upon schools to produce a citizenry with deep knowledge, collaborative and creative capabilities, and other “21st century skills.” The Technology and Co-Creativity in Learning (TaCCL) Research Lab, directed by Dr. Jianwei Zhang at the University at Albany-SUNY, is dedicated to exploring new possibilities of engaging students in collaborative and creative knowledge work within and across disciplinary areas with the support of new technologies. Our current work attempts to enable knowledge building at higher social levels and longer time scales. Specifically our work focuses on:

  • Pedagogical innovation to foster collaborative knowledge-building processes (e.g. knowledge-building discourse and metadiscourse, opportunistic collaboration) that are essential to real-world knowledge-creating communities, with the goal of enabling sustained, collective trajectories of inquiry  across timescales and social levels;
  • Social and technological infrastructure (e.g. Idea Thread Mapper, cross-community knowledge spaces) to support sustained collaboration and creative work with ideas within and across communities;
  • Learning analytics and feedback tools to trace idea progress and interaction and foster sustained trajectories of inquiry;
  • Teachers’ engagement in principle-based design and innovation to enable sustained knowledge building among their students.

See how students from our collaborating classrooms describe their creative and collaborative learning in a video produced by their school: