World Economic Forum speeches, climate protests—and even KBSI2019 Tomorrow’s Innovators sessions to advance UN sustainable development—suggest the power of students taking action for public good. Yet the role of education in the world’s ‘ecological crisis’ is hardly in sight. Crises demanding action include climate change, exhaustion of human and natural resources, ethical and religious tensions, conflicts in multicultural societies, growing gap between rich and poor across all spectrums of life, and unstable societies leading to record numbers of people fleeing war, violence or persecution. The conceptual challenges are profound, requiring collective responsibility, sustained creative work, and the ability to deal with complexity well beyond that required by school tasks and activism.  Knowledge Building engages students directly in the means by which knowledge in the world is advanced. 

In this context we welcome submissions concerning

  • Designs for extending KBSI international collaborations surrounding UN sustainable development goals, or knowledge building for public good in other contexts
  • Good cases of knowledge building practices
  • Knowledge Forum developments; user-interface, student’s supporting analytic tools, scaffoldings and ‘thinking tools’ supporting students’ knowledge building process.
  • Learning analytics to help researchers, teachers and students in their knowledge building
  • AI and knowledge building developments
  • Research which contributes to the insights and understanding of the students’ knowledge building process; the role of the teachers; role of supporting technologies
  • Implementing knowledge building in whole school approaches
  • Educational leadership for knowledge building
  • Knowledge Building (international) Networking, collaborative research proposal
  • Hackathon sessions for development of supporting tools; user interfaces; implementation strategies
  • Workshops and demonstrations (student/teacher exchanges, demonstrations, KB-classes and presentations)

Who Should Attend the Knowledge Building Summer Institute?

  • Individuals: Teachers, students, administrators, researchers, policy makers and computer scientists worldwide who want to become better acquainted with knowledge building concepts and approaches and advance their work in light of “Knowledge Building Practices and Technology for Global Hubs of Innovation” and models of an inclusive knowledge society.
  • Organizations: Schools, ministries of education, universities, community organizations, businesses, health care organizations, etc. interested in introducing knowledge building into their organizations and establishing state-of-the-art approaches to knowledge creation.

Important Dates for 2020

NEW DATE–July 15, 2020: Deadline for conference poster or paper submission
NOTE: Based on submissions we will produce KBSI2020 conference proceedings and begin planning the KBSI2020 November virtual event, including possible content of a new book.
August 15, 2020:
Acceptance notification.
November 2020: Knowledge Building Summer Institute Virtual Event.
Summer 2021: Knowledge Building Summer Institute In-Person Event at Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Wageningen, The Netherlands.NE