Evangeline S Pianfetti

think. innovate. do.

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Since 2009 a multidisciplinary team of researchers and developers has collaborated with teachers in schools to design Scholar, an evolving online workspace with the goal of empowering teachers and students to create, collaborate, publish, and connect — anywhere, anytime — safely and securely. This transformative literacy learning technology is based on several decades of research by Dr. Bill Cope & Dr. Mary Kalantzis, and developed in collaboration between the Assess As You Go research team at the University of Illinois College of Education and its corporate partner Common Ground Publishing. My name is Sonia Kline and I’ve had the privilege of working as a research assistant with this talented team and in this upcoming seminar I and my co-presenters Becca Woodward, another research assistant on the project,  and Dr. Sarah McCarthey, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will provide an overview of research and learning in the evolving Scholar environment.  In our session, we will give participants the opportunity to actively engage in Scholar so if possible we would like those attending to bring a laptop, although we will have some available.  Participants will log into Creator, an application in scholar where students author multimodal text,  and then participants will engage in a project where they will compose a work, give feedback to peers, and revise their own composition.  Those attending will also be able to view Publisher, an application in Scholar where teachers plan and manage writing projects. We will also describe Scholar’s design philosophy based on a new agenda for learning and assessment centered on seven core principles: collaborative intelligence, metacognition, ubiquitous learning, formative assessment, active knowledge-making, multimodal expression, and differentiated learning.  In the session we will also share our research to date on peer review and writing including results from our investigation of other online writing environments ahh conceptualization of response research based on an extensive literacies ahhh literature review and our analysis of preliminary student data such as textual changes between drafts and peer review comments.  And finally we will conclude the session with a discussion of the power of research at the nexus of development and practice so we have a lot we would like to achieve in this session and we hope you will join us.  Thank you.

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