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  1. Jianwei Zhang
  2. http://www.albany.edu/etap/Jianwei_Zhang.php
  3. Associate Professor
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. University at Albany
  1. Mei-Hwa Chen
  2. Associate Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University at Albany, University at Albany
  1. Guangji Yuan
  2. Doctoral student
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University at Albany

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program and the Discovery Rese...

NSF Awards: 1441479

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

The rise of a knowledge-based economy and society calls upon schools to produce a citizenry who can work across boundaries to collaborate, create, and solve challenging problems. Our previous NSF-sponsored project has created Idea Thread Mapper(ITM): a collective knowledge mapping tool to trace and visualize threads of ideas growing in extended online discussions. ITM has been updated to version 3.0 with new functions like provide automated analysis for students to structure and review idea threads (lines of inquiry) emerged from their ongoing discourse and further provide a cross-community interaction space for collaborative knowledge building.

Instead of single-layer sharing of raw online discussions between different communities, this video will elaborate a multilevel emergence approach to cross-community knowledge building: Members of each community engage in focused inquiry and contribute to their community’s discourse space. As progress is made, they identify major threads of ideas addressing various focal problems, each involving a group of members that is pre-organized or opportunistically formed. Reviewing and clustering and re-conceptualizing the diverse idea threads, as a community, helps to define/redefine the community’s goals and diffuse knowledge advances. Productive idea threads are further published for cross-community sharing and sustained build-on of ideas. Analyses of the multilevel interactions will produce conceptual insights and design knowledge needed to sustain knowledge building across social levels.

This video will use classroom observation videos and animations to further elaborate on the aforementioned concepts.

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