Co-creation of Knowledge in Technology-Enhanced Communities of Learning

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Learning in a networked society necessitates a shift in learners’ roles from passive consumers of information to active and critical producers of knowledge. However, meaningful knowledge construction from online information sources is a highly demanding task that necessitates evaluating the reliability and quality of varied information sources and integrating diverse, and often conflicting, accounts in order to reach informed conclusions. Research has consistently shown that children, youth, and adults generally find these skills quite difficult.

Learners’ epistemic thinking — that is, the ways in which learners think about knowledge and knowing — plays a key role in digital competencies and disposition. Becoming digitally literate goes beyond acquiring a set of skills; it also entails an appreciation and understanding of the ways in which knowledge is created, justified, and communicated in networked knowledge societies.

In this project I am collaborating with the Center for Education Technology (CET) to develop a suite of online tools and scaffolds that will (a) foster strategies for co-constructing knowledge from multiple information sources and (b) develop learners’ understandings of how knowledge is produced, justified, evaluated, and shared.

Collaborators: Asnat Zohar, Dr. Naomi Gorbatt, Ronen Keinan, Sharon Shani, Yael Youtzis, Dr. Orly Fuhrman