Can virtually all students become “haves” rather than “have-nots” in a knowledge society? The Knowledge Building research and development agenda aims to answer in the affirmative. This agenda starts with reconstructing classrooms as knowledge-creating communities and then, as growing capabilities permit, situating them within a global community of knowledge-creating communities. In knowledge building communities design thinking dominates and the educational focus is shifted from individual achievement to community knowledge, with students taking collective responsibility for high level functions typically handled exclusively by the teacher. Students contribute ideas for public good and rise above fragmented and undocumented information to increasingly high level explanations and action. Knowledge building communities require technology extensible to real world knowledge-creating contexts. Creating such technology and putting it to effective use will require designers, researchers, practitioners, engineers and policy makers taking collective responsibility for continuously improving the pedagogies and technologies through which we educate.
The Knowledge Building Summer Institute (KBSI 2017) was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: “Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL”, and it was a great success!
Thanks to all the participants, organizers, reviewers, and organizing committee.
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