CITE seminar Series 2007/2008
The seminar is jointly organized by CITE and the Office of Research, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
About the Seminar
Professor Slotta will describe the trajectory of his work in the area of technology enhanced learning environments, briefly reviewing the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) in terms of its strengths and weaknesses, then discuss the design of a new generation of open source technologies using the Scalable Architecture for Interactive Learning (SAIL). he will demonstrate SAIL, then discuss his current efforts to develop the SAIL Smart Space, an open source configurable smart classroom that will support complex pedagogical designs. He will present a new model where cooperative knowledge construction is blended with scripted inquiry to enable individuals to capitalize on the knowledge resources developed by their community. He will present data from a recent study of a wiki-based curriculum that implemented this model.
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About the speaker(s):Jim Slotta is an associate 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. For the past five years, he has led the development of a Scalable Architecture for Interactive Learning (SAIL), an open source java framework for the learning sciences. In order to promote the development and exchange of open source materials, he has also recently designed the Educational Network and Community for Open Resource Exchange (ENCORE - see http://encorewiki.org )