There is a growing demand for schools to prepare a productive citizenry with 21st century competencies and deep, productive knowledge. The Knowledge Network for Innovations in Learning and Teaching (KNILT) project, directed by Dr. Jianwei Zhang, has been piloted as an open knowledge network created for teachers and by teachers to share and advance our collective know-how about productive learning in the 21st century.
The initial group of members and contributors in this wiki-based network are graduate students in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany (e.g. students in ETAP 623 Systematic Design of Instruction). The contributors are mostly in-service/pre-service teachers and instructors, training professionals, and information technology specialists. Our goal is to use our knowledge of learning, teaching, and technology to produce a suite of professional development resources and opportunities. More than 600 mini-courses and instructional cases have been created through elaborated instructional design processes. These online resources and ongoing interactions leveraged can help educators of different levels to understand new learning approaches, environments, tools, and assessments in support of their efforts for educational improvement.
Efforts are made to further extend this network to a broader community of teachers who are committed to educational innovation. The open resources and interactions in this network will support teachers’ learning, collaboration, and inquiry as they explore new visions and practices to meet the 21st century needs.