Example topics


Choose an interesting and valuable topic for your wiki-course! You can choose between:

(a) Instructional Case: designing a lesson plan implementing one of the new learning approaches/tools (see the list at index by class) in your classroom (if you are currently a teacher) and contribute a case-based study report, including your classroom contexts, educational goals, lesson plan, processes, findings, and implications;

(b) New Mini Courses: developing a new mini-course that addresses a new topic or further elaborates a sub-topic covered by an existing mini-course (see Index by class for a list of existing mini-courses).

If you want to address new topics, you may think about a topic that may advance and change education in the following ways:
(1) We Identify Failures for Innovation (WIFI): Recognize failures in current education and lay out possible solutions grounded in new educational research (e.g. Current teaching fails to foster deep understanding/creativity/... in areas such as ....; new research and practice suggest ways to foster deep understanding and conceptual change... )
(2) We Identify Demands for Innovation (WIDI): Recognize new demands and put together strategies to deal with such demands (e.g. 21st century skills that are not taught in 20th century schooling)

(3) We Identify New Ideas for Innovation (WINI) Re-understand key issues in education to help educators change their mindset in line with new research findings (e.g. learning as collaborative and creative knowledge building)

(4) We Imagine new Opportunities and Possibilities (WINOP): Highlight new opportunities enabled by new tools, technologies, and resources (e.g. web 2.0)

Below are some specific example topics, and you are welcome to find and define your own.

Related to inquiry-based learning

  • Open-ended, authentic inquiry
  • The teacher's role in inquiry-based classrooms
  • Inquiry learning design and assessment in a specific content area

Related to learning community

  • The teacher's role in authentic dialogues
  • Knowledge building community
  • Argue to learn
  • CSCL (Computer-supported Collaborative learning) in specific content areas

Related to understanding

  • conceptual change/misconceptions
  • Assessing understanding of science
  • Assessing understanding of math
  • Assessing deep understanding in other areas


Related to technology

  • New learning tools/environments
  • Using iPad and other mobile technologies for innovative teaching and learning
  • e-textbooks
  • Web 2.0 tools


  • Learning style
  • 21st century skills
  • meta-cognition and learning to learn