Tuesday, April 23
Place: Room 210A, College of Education
TIER-ED Speaker Series had its first speaker Dr. Jim Slotta in April 2019. Dr. Slotta is Professor and President’s Chair in Knowledge Technologies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has developed a pedagogical model known as Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI), in which students investigate a phenomenon or issue within project-based learning (PBL) context. His talk was titled “Designing for Collective Inquiry: Theoretical Models, Smart Classrooms, Embedded Phenomena and Other Adventures”. The talk presented ten years' progress in developing and researching KCI model at the University of Toronto. KCI fits within a broader theoretical area of learning communities, in which students work collectively to advance their ideas and share resources. Dr. Slotta’s work has explored the most effective designs for collective inquiry, with an emphasis on the learning sciences construct of scripting and orchestration. In KCI, the teacher is responsible for orchestration, but shares the load with the technology environment and the physical learning space. Dr. Slotta reviewed theory and highlighted his efforts to formally articulate scripts, and scaffold the orchestration of collaborative and collective inquiry activities.