讲座题目：Classrooms as knowledge communities: A new vision for learning and instruction
Jim Slotta is an associate level professor of education in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at The University of Toronto. He holds the Canada Research Chair in education and technology and co-directs the NSF-funded center called Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS). His research employs technology-enhanced learning environments to investigate cognitive models of learning and instruction. He also promotes the development of open source materials for the learning sciences, and led the development of the Scalable Architecture for Interactive Learning (SAIL). Slotta and his team are currently developing an open source technology framework for smart classroom research called SAIL Smart Space, which will support investigations of a new pedagogical model for knowledge communities and inquiry.
In the 21st century, much is changing in our world. Students of today must be prepared for success in a complex world of tomorrow, where they will be increasingly challenged to work collaboratively, to solve unfamiliar problems, to learn new technologies, and to think critically. Classrooms of today are currently designed for the transmission of knowledge, and do not typically engage students in such critical thinking and collaborative learning. Thus, students are not being prepared with the 'knowledge skills' they will need for success, and schools are becoming increasingly outdated. Recent progress in the internet and 'Web 2.0' technologies have produced new opportunities for learning collectively - for sharing and contributing ideas to a community 'knowledge base' and conducting inquiry projects. This presentation will describe a new theoretical model of learning, and present research findings from several studies, as well as new efforts to create 'smart classrooms' that help promote learning in a knowledge community.