Organizers

Marlene Scardamalia, University of Toronto, Canada, marlene.scardamalia@utoronto.ca
Yoshiaki Matsuzawa, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan, matsuzawa@si.aoyama.ac.jp

Abstract

The goal of this workshop is to produce design specifications for new open source technology based on Knowledge Building principles. The workshop will acquaint participants with a number of innovations already in progress but will focus on challenges yet to be met. Participants will work in groups to generate designs that will provide effective support for (among other things) sustained creative work with ideas; students taking on strategic socio-cognitive activity normally confined to the teacher—e.g., priority setting, evaluating progress, troubleshooting, resolving interpersonal conflicts; and ideas interacting productively with ideas as well as people interacting productively with people. The workshop is designed to engage interested participants in foundational work in producing the technological infrastructure required to accomplish goals such as these.

Workshop content

Knowledge Building research and development indicates that students from the earliest school years onward can create knowledge, but a scalable and sustainable initiative to ensure inclusivity requires a new order of research and development. Toward this end a day-long design workshop titled “New Forms of Technological Support for Knowledge Building Communities” will be held at CSCL 2017. Its goal is to produce design specifications for new open source technology that will provide effective support for (among other things)
• sustained creative work with ideas
• students taking on strategic socio-cognitive activity normally confined to the teacher—e.g., priority setting, evaluating progress, troubleshooting, resolving interpersonal conflicts
• ideas interacting productively with ideas as well as people interacting productively with people
The workshop is designed to engage interested participants in foundational work in producing the technological infrastructure required to accomplish goals such as these. Please fill in the survey so that workshop organizers can fine-tune the workshop in line with interests and talents of participants.

Expected outcomes and contributions

The expected outcomes of this workshop will be draft design documents along with the establishment of open source working groups to fulfill objectives set out in these documents.

Organization of the workshop

The workshop will proceed in 3 phases.

Phase 1: Introduction and orientation
The organizers will present an overview of the present state of Knowledge Building technology and major challenges for next-generation initiatives.

Phase 2: Setting design priorities for the workshop and establishing design teams
Design priorities will be based mainly on expertise participants bring to their participation in the workshop. Based on these priorities design teams will be established.

Phase 3: Work by design teams, reporting, and deciding on next steps Design is expected to take up the largest part of the day and should in each case result in a design document that clarifies the design problem, proposes solutions, and outlines future work which might consist of continuing work by the workshop team or recruiting additional talent for the task.

Design is expected to take up the largest part of the day and should in each case result in a design document that clarifies the design problem, proposes solutions, and outlines future work which might consist of continuing work by the workshop team or recruiting additional talent for the task.

Contact Information

Direct all questions to Susana La Rosa, susana.larosa@utoronto.ca

Intended audience

CSCL participants interested in technological supports for inquiry and knowledge creation.

Duration of event

Full day workshop, June 18, 2017

Participation requirements

Enrollment will be open to all CSCL participants. If enrollment needs to be limited, preference will be given to colleagues with interest and relevant experience, as conveyed via the survey to be submitted by May 1.

Survey Submission:

Important Date
Please submit this form no later than May 1, 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/goojAvu4dXK3U3M33