KBSI 2020 - Program

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Each day will start with a plenary visioning/design session to advance the design experiment “Saving the Planet, Saving Lives”, followed by “rise above” panel discussions surrounding the three conference themes:

Theme 1: Knowledge Building Innovation Network 

Knowledge Builders across the globe are addressing the many and significant problems of our modern world. The Knowledge Building design experiment will make use of sophisticated analytic tools to support discursive connectedness and opportunistic alliances across communities, within and beyond the Knowledge Building Innovation Network. Partnerships for sustained innovation will position Knowledge Building International members to take collective responsibility for crossing boundaries, removing barriers, and closing gaps–including gaps between schoolwork and knowledge work in the world beyond school.


Theme 2: Knowledge Building Analytics: Exploring Distinctions Between Learning Analytics and Knowledge Building Analytics 

New assessments, analytics, and notification tools will be used to identify points of convergence and divergence in the work of different communities throughout the knowledge building network. “Playable” analytics will support exploration of view and metaspace idea landscapes, both locally and globally, while also addressing local assessment needs.  Cross-community connections will open new research and professional development opportunities for all sites. Based on discoveries of cross-community alliances and challenges, we will schedule webinars to advance common interests.


Theme 3: A rising Knowledge Building Tide Lifts All Boats: New Knowledge Building Research and Development will Support a Coherent Approach to Modern Pedagogies and Assessments 

Knowledge Forum views and notes will serve as “epistemic artifacts”—knowledge objects that aid in the further advancement of knowledge (Sterelny, 2005); in parallel, Knowledge Forum scaffolds will provide epistemic markers to facilitate new competencies (e.g., computational thinking, effective use of authoritative sources, evolution of thought, second-language learning)—much as theory development has been targeted in the past. This will allow us to bring new competencies into focus to enhance Saving the Planet, Saving Lives initiatives and to test models for “a rising Knowledge Building tide lifts all boats.” In contrast to approaches that use tests to assess the extent to which students possess certain “21st century skills,” the design experiment will use sophisticated tools to determine the extent to which students are actually doing creative thinking, problem solving, design thinking, collaboration, effective communication, resulting in heightened sense of well-being and understanding in core content areas.

The contributions for this year’s program all align to one of the three themes described above.  Contributions that share similar themes have been grouped together to create the conference sessions. Presenters have sent their papers, posters and short videos in advance. All these artifacts will be available in the KBSI2020 Knowledge Forum community and will serve as objects of discussion before, during and after the virtual event.