KB Conference Papers, Posters



2017 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Making a Difference: Knowledge Building Communities.

CSCL2017 – Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL. Philadelphia, PA, USA.  Link to Vol. 1 with following papers:
  • Symmetrical Advancement: Teachers and Students Sustaining Idea-Centered Collaborative Practices. Keynote presentation. Chew Lee Teo. 
  • Collective Knowledge Advancement and Conceptual Understanding of Complex Scientific Concepts in the Jigsaw Instruction. Jun Oshima, Yuki Yamada, Ritsuko Oshima, Shizuoka University.
  • Cross-Community Interaction for Knowledge Building in Two Grade 5/6 Classrooms. Jianwei Zhang, State University of New York at Albany, Maria Bogoulavsky, University of Toronto, Guangxi Yuan, State University of New York at Albany.
  • Exploring Computational Modeling Environments as Tools to Structure Classroom-Level Knowledge Building. Michelle Wilkerson, Becca Shareff, University of California, Berkeley, Brain Gravel, Yara Shaban, Tufts University, Vasiliki Laina, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Using Rotating Leadership to Visualize Students’ Epistemic Agency and Collective Responsibility for Knowledge Advancement. Leanne Ma, University of Toronto, Samuel Tan, Chew Lee Teo, Muhamad Ansar B. Kamsan, Ministry of Education, Singapore.

CSCL2017 – Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL. Philadelphia, PA, USA. Link to Vol. 2 with following papers:

  • Newcomer Integration Strategies in Blogger Online Knowledge Building Communities: A Dialog Analysis. Nicolae Nistor, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, Yvonne Serafin, Armed Forces University, Munich, Germany.
  • Productive Knowledge Building Discourse Through Student- Generated Questions. Ahmad Khanlari, Monica Resendes, Gaoxia Zhu, Marlene Scardamalia, University of Toronto.
  • The Digital Use Divide and Knowledge Building. Thérèse Laferrière, Laval University, Alain Breuleux, McGill University.
  • A Preliminary Study of University Students’ Collaborative Learning Behavior Patterns in the Context of Online Argumentation Learning Activities: The Role of Idea-Centered Collaborative Argumentation Instruction. Ying-Tien Wu, Li-Jen Wang, Teng-Yao Cheng, National Central University, Taiwan.
  • Reflective Structuration of Knowledge Building Practices in Grade 5 Science: A Two-Year Design-Based Research. Dan Tao, Jianwei Zhang, University at Albany, State University of New York, Dandan Gaoxia, East China Normal University, China.
  • How Did a Grade 5 Science Community Co-Construct Collective Structures of Inquiry? Dan Tao, Jianwei Zhang, University at Albany, State University of New York.
  • Evaluating the Distribution of Students’ Contributions in Theorizing: Idea Evenness in Knowledge Building Communities. Gaoxia Zhu, Marlene Scardamalia, Ahmad Khanlari, and Haipeng Wan, University of Toronto.
  • Fostering a Knowledge Building Community in a Primary Social Studies Class to Develop Humanistic View on Real World Problem. Andy Ng Ding Xuan, St. Hilda Primary School, Chew Lee Teo, MOE Singapore, Zaire Mohd Sedik, And Mo Kio Primary School, Lee Yu Ling, National Institute of Education, Singapore.
  • Toward a Multi-Level Knowledge Building Innovation Network. Symposia. Marlene Scardamalia, Carl Bereiter and Thérèse Laferrière (co-chairs).
  • Making a Difference: Analytics for Quality Knowledge-Building Conversations. Symposia. Frank de Jong (chair organizer).
  • Scripted and Unscripted Aspects of Creative Work With Knowledge. Symposia. Carl Bereiter, University of Toronto, Ulrike Cress, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (Knowledge Media Research Center), Tuebingen, Germany, Frank Fischer, Ludwig Maximilians University, Kai Hakkarainen, University of Helsinki, Marlene Scardamalia, University of Toronto, Freydis Vogel, University of Munich.
  • Transformational Change in Humanistic Learning Communities: A Case Study of Person- and Idea-Centered Integration. (Poster). Yotam Hod and Dani Ben-Zvi, University of Haifa.
  • Exploring Ways of Contributing to Math Talk in a Knowledge Building Community. Poster. Stacy A. Costa, Marlene Scardamalia, University of Toronto.
  • Bridging Students’ Practical and Formal Epistemology of Science Through Epistemic Reflection Embedded in a Computer-Supported Knowledge-Building Environment. Poster. Feng Lin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carol K.K. Chan, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Individual Role-Based Profiles for Successful Team Engagement in Knowledge Building Environments. Poster. Ahmad Khanlari, Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia & Gaoxia Zhu, University of Toronto.
  • Misconceptions and Their Evolution in Knowledge Building Communities. Poster. Ahmad Khanlari, Carl Bereiter, and Marlene Scardamalia, University of Toronto.
  • Networks in Small-Group Structure in Knowledge Building Discourse. Poster. Xueqi Feng, Jan van Aalst, Carol K.K. Chan, The University of Hong Kong, Yuqin Yang, Central China Normal University.
  • Asking Semantically Similar Questions in Knowledge Building Communities: Patterns and Effects. Poster. Gaoxia Zhu, Monica Resendes, Ahmad Khanlari, Marlene Scardamalia, University of Toronto, Ying-Tien Wu, National Central University, Taiwan.
  • Examining Regulation of Idea Improvement and Knowledge Advances in a Principle-based Knowledge Building Environment. Poster. Yuyao Tong, Carol K.K. Chan, Jan van Aalst, Run Liu, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Epistemic Understanding of Discourse and Collective Responsibility in a Knowledge Building Community. Poster. Yuyao Tong, Carol K.K. Chan, Jan van Aalst, The University of Hong Kong.


2016 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Multi-Level Knowledge Innovation Networks, Singapore.

ICSL 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Singapore.  Link to Vol. 1 with following papers:

  • Beyond Tried and True: The Challenge of Education for Innovation. Symposia. Carl Bereiter, Marlene Scardamalia, Thérèse Laferrière, Linda Massey, Bruce W. Shaw, Shirleen Chee, Seng Chee Tan, Chew Lee Teo, David Istance.
  • Idea Identification and Analysis (I2A): A Search for Sustainable Promising Ideas Within Knowledge-Building Discourse. Vwen Yen Alwyn Lee, Seng Chee Tan, Joon Kit Kelvin Chee
  • Teacher Learning in a Professional Learning Community: Potential for Dual-layer Knowledge Building. Seng Chee Tan, Shien Chu, Chew Lee Teo.
  • How a 6th Grade Classroom Develops Epistemologies for Building Scientific Knowledge. Christina Krist.
  • The Epistemology of Science and the Epistemology of Science Teaching. Carl Bereiter.
  • Community Knowledge, Collective Responsibility: The Emergence of Rotating Leadership in Three Knowledge Building Communities. Leanne Ma, Yoshiaki Matsuzawa, Bodong Chen, Marlene Scardamalia
  • Design Collaborative Formative Assessment for Sustained Knowledge Building Using Idea Thread Mapper. Jingping Chen, Jianwei Zhang
ICSL 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Singapore.  Link to Vol 2 with the following papers:
  • Fostering More Informed Epistemic Views Among Students Through Knowledge Building. Huang-Yao Hong, Bodong Chen, Chin-Chung Tsai, Chiu Pin Lin, Ying-Tien Wu
  • Fostering Collaborative Learning Through Knowledge Building Among Students With Low Academic Achievement. Yuqin Yang, Jan van Aalst, Carol K. K. Chan
  • Learning Environments to Facilitate Students’ Regulation in Knowledge Building. Jin Michael Splichal, Jun Oshima, Ritsuko Oshima
  • Teacher Noticing Associated With Responsive Support of Knowledge Building. Darlene Judson.
  • From Belief Mode to Design Mode: Report on a Chinese 6th Graders’ Interdiscipline on Traffic Control. Yibing Zhang, Yao Liu.
  • Becoming a Teacher Who Takes an Inquiry Stance. Nastasia Lawton-Sticklor, Katerine Bielaczyc
  • Refinement of Semantic Network Analysis for Epistemic Agency in Collaboration. Jun Oshima, Ritsuko Oshima, Wataru Fujita
  • Knowledge Building and Conversational Functions in Online Interactions: A Coding Scheme. Stefano Cacciamani, Vittore Perrucci, Ahmad Khanlari
  • Effects of Knowledge Building Pedagogy on High School Students’ Learning Perception and English Composition Performance. I-Ting Yang, Hsien-Ta Lin, Ching-Hua Wang, Pei-Jung Li, Huang-Yao Hong.
  • Effects of Knowledge Building Activities on Student’ Writing Performance. Ching Hua Wang, Hsien-Ta Lin, Pei-Jung Li, I-Ting Yang, Huang-Yao Hong
  • Collaborative Knowledge Networks to Facilitate Knowledge Building in Robotics: A Longitudinal Study. Ahmad Khanlari, Marlene Scardamalia.
  • A Tri-Level Partnership to Support and Spread Knowledge Building in Ontario. Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia, Mary Cordeiro, Linda Massey, Karen Dobbie, Lindsay Sirois
  • Building Sustained, Knowledge Creating Networks in Education.  Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia, Mary Cordeiro, Linda Massey, Karen Dobbie, Lindsay Sirois
  • Collective Regulation of Idea Improvement in Knowledge Building Discourse. Chunlin Lei, Carol K. K. Chan
  • Impact of Theory Improvement and Collective Responsibility for Knowledge Advancement on the Nature of Student Questions.  Ahmad Khanlari, Marlene Scardamalia, Derya Kici, Suresh Tharuma
  • Refashioning Education as a Knowledge Creating Enterprise: Growing Capacity for Knowledge Building in a Grade 1 Math Class. Cindi Chisholm, Heather Fleming, Lizanne Lacelle, Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia.
  • Creating Knowledge Building Communities: Three Case Studies at the Classroom, School and Board Level. Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia, Karen Dobbie, Jason Frenza, Emma Nichols, Ross Edgar, Francis Noventa, Linda Massey, Mary Cordeiro.
  • Knowledge Building Pedagogy and Technology: Enacting Principle-Based Design in History Classroom. Melvin Chan, Chew Lee Teo, Yu Ling Lee
  • Understanding Teacher’s Principle-Based Practice in Sustaining Knowledge Building Practice in a Science Classroom. Mohd Noor Hishamuddin Haslir, Chew Lee Teo, Shahizha Bte Mohd, Yu Ling Lee.
  • Knowledge Building for Students With Low Academic Achievement. Bing-fai Lee, Carol K.K. Chan, Jan van Aalst.


2014 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Building Knowledge in an Open Informational World. Quebec City, Canada. Link to .pdf doc with the following papers:

  • Étude exploratoire de la communauté de pratique des enseignants de l’École en réseau (CoPÉER). Pier-Ann Boutin, Christine Hamel.
  • Role taking and Knowledge Building: An examination of reading and writing activities in a blended higher education course. Donatella Cesareni, Stefano Cacciamani, Nobuko Fujita
  • La dimension émotive-motivationnelle des étudiants dans une knowledge building community à l’école. Idalissa Cingolani.
  • Evaluation of a Knowledge Building Classroom in Aspect of Transactional Distance Theory. Derya Kici, Handi Erkunt.
  • Sociocultural Analysis of a Knowledge Building Classroom in Teacher Education. Derya Kici, Handi Erkunt.
  • From theory to practice: Implementing knowledge building communities in secondary schools using the PROCESS model. Kwok-Wing Lai.
  • Innovative Practice in Modern Languages –a flavour of knowledge building. Niall Lachlann MacKinnon. 
  • Connecting to the curriculum: A case study exploring the online and offline discourse of a Grade 2 knowledge building class. Monica Resendes, Derya Kici.
  • Naturalistic interaction of pre-service teachers in the socio-cognitive and technological interface: Missing opportunities for critical use of online resources. Aik Ling Tan, Seng-Chee Tan.
  • Leveraging Web 2.0 tools for Knowledge Building. Seng-Chee Tan.
  • Analysis of Constructive Interaction using KBDeX as a Scaffold for Students’ Learning about Collaborative Learning. Sayaka Tohyama, Yoshiaki Matsuzawa, Hajime Shirouzu.
  • Ongoing Metadiscourse and Reflection on Collective Knowledge Progress Fosters Sustained Knowledge Building. Jianwei Zhang, Dan Tao, Yanqing Sun, Mei-Hwa Chen, Ben Peebles, Sarah Naqvi.

ICLS2014: Learning and Becoming in Practice, Boulder, Colorado. 

  • Automatic Coding of Questioning Patterns in Knowledge Building Discourse. Jin Mu, Jan van Aalst, Carol K. K. Chan, Ella Fu. Link to Proceedings, Vol. 1.
  • Promoting 5th Graders’ Views of Science and Scientific Inquiry in an Epistemic-Enriched Knowledge-Building Environment. Feng Lin, Carol K.K. Chan, Jan van Aalst. Link to Proceedings, Vol. 1.
  • Scientific Practices Through Students’ Eyes: How Sixth Grade Students Enact and Describe Purposes for Scientific Modeling Activities Over Time. Christina Kris and Brian J. Reiser. Link to Proceedings, Vol. 1.
  • Analyzing Online Knowledge-Building Discourse Using Probabilistic Topic Models. Weiyi Sun, Jianwei Zhang, Hui Jin, Siwei Liu. Link to Proceedings, Vol 2
  • Linked Reading and Writing Using Wikilinking: Promoting Knowledge Building within Technology-Enhanced Classroom Learning Communities. Tamar Novik, Dani Ben-Zvi, Yotam Hod. Link to Proceedings, Vol 3.


2013 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Crossing the Educational Chasm: From the Basics to Creative Work with Ideas. Puebla, Mexico.

CSCL2013 – To see the world and a grain of sand: Learning across levels of space, time and scale. Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Constructive Use of Authoritative Sources Among Collaborative Knowledge Builders in a Social Science Classroom. Fei-Ching Chen, Chih-Hsuan Chang, Cheng-Yu Yang. Vol. 1
  • Making Collective Progress Visible for Sustained Knowledge Building. Mei-Hwa Chen, Jianwei Zhang, Jiyeon Lee. Vol. 1
  • The Effect of Formative Feedback on Vocabulary Use and Distribution of Vocabulary Knowledge in a Grade Two Knowledge Building Class. Monica Resendes, Bodong Chen, Alisa Acosta, Marlene Scardamalia. Vol. 1
  • Examining Dynamics of Implementing Flexible Group Discourse in a Principle-Based CSCL Environment. Tuya Siqin, Jan van Aalst, Samuel Kai Was Chu. Vol. 1
  • Toward a Qualitative Approach to Examining Idea Improvement in Knowledge-building Discourse. Ella L.F. Fu, Jan van Aalst, Carol K.K. Chan. Vol. 2
  • Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Building: Inquiry Discourse of Chinese Tertiary Classes. Chunlin Lei, Carol K.K. Chan, Jan Van Aalst. Vol. 2
  • Facilitating Belief Change via Computer-Supported Collaborative Knowledge-Building. Pei-Jung Li, Chih-Hsuan Chang, Huang-Yao Hong, Hsien-Ta Lin. Vol. 2
  • Computer-Supported Metadiscourse to Foster Collective Progress in Knowledge-Building Communities. Jianwei Zhang, Mei-Hwa Chen, Jingping Chen, Teresa Ferrer Mico. Vol. 2
  • Promisingness Judgments as Facilitators of Knowledge Building. Bodong Chen, Marlene Scardamalia, Alisa Acosta, Monica Resendes, Derya Kici. Vol. 2
  • Exploring the Effect of Online Collaborative Learning on Students’ Scientific Understanding. Pei-Jung Li, Chih-Hsuan Chang, Huang-Yao Hong. Vol. 2
  • Understanding the Enactment of Principle-Based Designs: Conceptualizing 331 Principle-Based Approaches as Carriers of Principles for Learning, John Ow, Sunhee Paik, Katerine Bielaczyc. Vol. 2


2012 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Building Cultural Capacity for Innovation. Toronto, Canada.


2011 CSCL: Connecting computer-supported collaborative learning to policy and practice. Hong Kong, China. Proceedings, Vol 1.

  • Learning Science through Knowledge-Building and Augmented Reality in Museums. Susan Yoon, Karen Elinich, Christopher Steinmeier, Joyce Wang, Sean Tucker.
  • Questioning and the Quality of Knowledge Ideas in a CSCL Context: A Study on Two Age-groups of Students. Ming Lai, Nancy Law.
  • Principle-Based Design for Collective Growth: From Knowledge Sharing to Explanatory Knowledge-Building Discourse. Carol Chan, Ella Fu.
  • Does Contributing to a Knowledge Building Dialogue Lead to Individual Advancement of Knowledge? Maria Chuy, Jianwei Zhang, Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia, Carl Bereiter
  • Quantified Measures of Online Discourse as Knowledge Building Indicators. Jianwei Zhang, Yanqing Sun.

2011 CSCL: Connecting computer-supported collaborative learning to policy and practice. Hong Kong, China. Proceedings, Vol 2.

  • Evaluation by Grade 5 and 6 Students of the Promisingness of Ideas in Knowledge-Building Discourse. Bodong Chen, Maria Chuy, Monica Resendes, Marlene Scardamalia, Carl Bereiter.
  • Characterizing Knowledge Building Discourse. Jennifer Yeo, Jing Wu.
  • Some Discourse Mechanisms for Knowledge Advancement in a CSCL Context. Ming Lai, Nancy Law.


2010 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: New Assessments and Environments for Knowledge Building, Toronto, Canada.


2009 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Knowledge Creativity in Teacher Education – Education for Knowledge Creation. Palma de Mallorca, Spain.


2007 Knowledge Building Summer Institute: Building Knowledge for Deep Understanding