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Idea-centered
Knowledge Building Environment
Bodong Chen
Nov 4, 2010
What is an “idea?”
• An idea could be:
– whatever is before the mind when one thinks (arising in a reflex,
spontaneous man...
Knowledge Building:
Towards idea-centered education
• Idea-centered education (Scardamalia, 2002)
– KB is the production a...
Ideas in KB communities
Figure. An evolutionary view of idea improvement (Hong & Sullivan, 2008).
Environments for idea improvement
• Knowledge Building environments
– Knowledge Forum
• Idea-management software
– Edistor...
Knowledge Forum
Edistorm
Ideascale
Kindling
Design challenges
• How to give lives to ideas in this environment?
• How to support knowledge-creating discourse
in an id...
In Knowledge Forum
Big Ideas tool for students to make judgment on ideas’ promisingness (Chen et al., 2010).
New contexts:
social media and open education
• Blog, Twitter, … • Open Learning Resources,
Open Learning Initiative (OLI)...
References
• Chen, B., Chuy, M., Resendes, M., & Scardamalia, M. (2010). “Big Ideas Tool” as a new feature of
Knowledge Fo...
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This is a presentation I gave in one of my courses in Knowledge Media Design collaborative program on Nov 4, 2010. It articulates a design challenge--idea-centered open knowledge building environment--I want to pursue in this course.

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Idea centered knowledge building environment

  1. 1. Idea-centered Knowledge Building Environment Bodong Chen Nov 4, 2010
  2. 2. What is an “idea?” • An idea could be: – whatever is before the mind when one thinks (arising in a reflex, spontaneous manner, even without thinking or serious reflection) – a personal view – representational images; i.e. images of some object – the content of cognition – a fundamental ontological category of being • Karl Popper’s (1972) philosophical theory of reality: – World 1: the world of physical objects and events – World 2: the mental or psychological world—metal states or processes, such as feelings, perceptions, memory, experience, etc. – World 3: the world of the products of the human mind, such as languages, tales, mathematical constructions, symphonies, paintings, sculptures. – Interactions among three worlds.
  3. 3. Knowledge Building: Towards idea-centered education • Idea-centered education (Scardamalia, 2002) – KB is the production and continual improvement of ideas of value to a community (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2003a). – … ideas are treated as real things, as objects of inquiry and improvement in their own right. KB environments enable ideas to get out into the world and onto a path of continual improvement (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2003a). – … ideas that have a life out in the world, where they are subject to social processes of evaluation, revision, and application … support idea development in both education and workplace situations (Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2003b). – Knowledge building refers to collective work for the advancement and elaboration of conceptual artifacts (product plans, business strategies, marketing plans, theories, ideas, and models), the entities of Karl Popper’s World 3 (Paavola et al, 2004).
  4. 4. Ideas in KB communities Figure. An evolutionary view of idea improvement (Hong & Sullivan, 2008).
  5. 5. Environments for idea improvement • Knowledge Building environments – Knowledge Forum • Idea-management software – Edistorm – Wridea – IdeaScale – Jive – Kindling – …
  6. 6. Knowledge Forum
  7. 7. Edistorm
  8. 8. Ideascale
  9. 9. Kindling
  10. 10. Design challenges • How to give lives to ideas in this environment? • How to support knowledge-creating discourse in an idea-centered manner?
  11. 11. In Knowledge Forum Big Ideas tool for students to make judgment on ideas’ promisingness (Chen et al., 2010).
  12. 12. New contexts: social media and open education • Blog, Twitter, … • Open Learning Resources, Open Learning Initiative (OLI), P2PU, …
  13. 13. References • Chen, B., Chuy, M., Resendes, M., & Scardamalia, M. (2010). “Big Ideas Tool” as a new feature of Knowledge Forum. Poster presented at the 2010 Knowledge Building Summer Institute, Toronto, Canada. • Hong, H.-Y., R. Sullivan, F. R. (2008). Towards an Idea-Centered, Principle-Based Design Approach to Support Learning as Knowledge Creation. Educational Technology Research and Development, 57(5), 613-627 • Paavola, S., Lipponen, L., & Hakkarainen, K. (2004). Models of innovative knowledge communities and three metaphors of learning. Review of Educational Research, 74(4), 557–576. • Popper, K. (1972). Objective knowledge: An evolutionary approach. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. • Scardamalia, M. (2002). Collective cognitive responsibility for the advancement of knowledge. In B. Smith (Ed.), Liberal education in a knowledge society (pp. 67-98). Chicago: Open Court. • Scardamalia, M., & Bereiter, C. (2003). Knowledge Building. In Encyclopedia of Education. (2nd ed., pp. 1370-1373). New York: Macmillan Reference, USA. • Scardamalia, M., & Bereiter, C. (2003). Knowledge building environments: Extending the limits of the possible in education and knowledge work. In A. DiStefano, K.E. Rudestam, & R. Silverman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of distributed learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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