The Knowledge Network for Innovations in Learning and Teaching (KNILT)

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A Network of Knowledge Created by and for 21st Century Educators


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Welcome to KNILT, an open online knowledge space where educators can find, share, and develop new ideas to reform and improve education in the 21st century.

There is a growing demand for schools to continually improve and innovate in order to better prepare students for productive careers and social lives in a rapidly changing world. 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 by/for educators 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 500 mini-courses 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.

Featured Mini-Courses

Please check Index by subject for a list of mini-courses and instructional case reports that might be interesting to you. Below are a few examples. Check out the Repository of Mini-Courses and Instructional Cases for many more mini-courses and cases.

Improve STEM learning and teaching

Improve literacy learning and language teaching

Support social and emotional learning

How to teach online

New technology and new classroom practices across curriculum areas

This network is designed and managed by The Technology and Co-Creativity in Learning (TaCCL) Lab directed by Dr. Jianwei Zhang at the University at Albany, SUNY. Special thanks to the staffs of UAlbany's Academic and Research Computing Center (ARCC) for their strong ongoing support.