Knowledge Building, Responsive Education, and Knowledge for Public Good.

This year’s theme is “Knowledge Building, Responsive Education, and Knowledge for Public Good.” Reports, presentations, and other contributions related to the conference theme may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • 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)

Submission Requirements

All text should be submitted in word or .pdf format according to guidelines below. Innovative session formats should include author and presenter information in the proposal. Papers and posters will be reviewed blind, without names of presenters in the proposal (more information below).


Papers can be either long (3000 to 4000 words, without references) or short (2000 to 3000 words, without references) and should focus on conceptual or empirical contributions at an advanced stage of development. The long paper is for work requiring lengthy explanations of the conceptual background, methodology, data, analysis, and implications. We also welcome shorter papers reporting significant work in progress. All papers should be submitted following this template: kbsi-template-2020


Posters allow colleagues to gather
around visual displays for extended dialogue regarding novel and promising
ideas. The work may be at advanced or early stages of development and might
focus on Knowledge Building high points, discourse analysis, case studies,
pilot initiatives featuring new knowledge practices, technology developments,
exemplary work from teachers, students, administrators, engineers, researcher,
and so forth.

Posters can be paper- and/or
video-based and should include 2 components. The first component must be
submitted for review:

(a) Research Summary: one page overview, including: Title – Authors/Institution/e-mail address (only in final version, not for the blind review submission). Statement of (1) the issue/problem, (2) major goals: what you hope to achieve/accomplish (3) how the research addresses the issue/problem, (4) advances–what has been learned to-date, and (5) next steps.
Text should be submitted in word or .pdf format.

(b) Display:  If Print: Size: Max of 48” (W) x 36” (H) Recommended font sizes ensure posters can be read at a distance of 1.5 metres: Title 100 pt. bold Authors 60 pt. Headings 60 pt. Body Text 40 pt., min. 28 pt. Captions 24 pt.

If Multimedia: Please bring your own laptop for your presentation and a print resource to distribute, as we will not have projection equipment.


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.