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

KNILT has got a new look with a new logo (designed by Hope Zhang, 11th-grader)

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

Announcement (May 19, 2020): Our Spring 2020 class members have created a rich set of new mini-courses, covering exciting and timely topics such as: health education, socio-emotional wellbeing and mindfulness, learning to code, games for knowledge building, collaboration, and new technologies, strategies, and assessments for literacy, art/dance, social studies, and STEM classrooms. Check these out these Featured mini-courses from Spring 2020. (More... Archived announcements)


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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, is an open knowledge network created by/for educators to share and advance our collective know-how about productive learning in the 21st century.

A core group of 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). Our contributors share expertise as teachers and instructors, teacher educators, curriculum coordinators/developers, instructional technologists and designers, online learning specialists, and other professionals. Our goal is to use our knowledge of learning, teaching, and technology to produce a suite of professional development resources and opportunities.

Since its inception in September 2007, KNILT has accumulated more than 550 mini-courses, which have been created using systematic processes of instructional design. These mini-courses as Open Education Resources can help educators of different levels to understand new learning approaches, environments, tools, and assessments in support of their efforts for educational improvement. As of August 19, 2019, KNILT has received a total of 17,462,411 page views from around the world.

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

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, language, and arts classrooms

Support social and emotional learning

How to learn/teach online

New learning technologies, competencies and environments

New approaches to assessment and evaluation

Special education & diversity

This network is designed and coordinated by The Technology-Augmented Co-Creativity Lab (TACCL) directed by Dr. Jianwei Zhang at the University at Albany's School of Education. Special thanks to the staffs of UAlbany's Academic and Research Computing Center (ARCC) for their strong ongoing support.