Knowledge Building & Information Literacy K-16+

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The education field is in a state of transformation with researchers and practitioners working together to develop new models and create innovative tools for use within our nation's schools.
While no one model or new theory can address all learning styles and educational needs, the concept called "Knowledge Building" is now being successfully utilized in a variety of classrooms and organizations around the world. This model, consisting primarily of the collaborative development of knowledge, promises to be one of the more successful.

One discipline in which there has been no utilization of new process is in the field of library research as is taught in K-16 institutions. Information Literacy in the elementary, middle, high school, and college environments is the instruction of students in the identification, utilization, and documentation of information; in other words the exploration of the knowledge world.

It seems fitting that these two concepts be joined and utilized to produce our future scientists, politicians, and teachers; all who claim the development of knowledge as both their right and their responsibility.

Course Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify the unique characteristics of 'Knowledge Building'
  2. Identify the various parts of Knowledge Forum, the online tool used to create a knowledge building environment
  3. Identify the Information Literacy standards established by AASL/ACRL
  4. Generate an updated Information Literacy unit/lesson, utilizing Knowledge Building concepts and the KF environment
  5. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and enhance this Knowledge Building course
    Instructional Units