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

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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


Join the KNILT group on Facebook for updates and networking with fellow educators.

Announcement (May 1, 2022) Deb Byrne, who has been teaching online classes associated with the KNILT project, was selected to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Education of the University at Albany. Recently, the University at Albany News Center created a news release featuring students' work on the KNILT project. See ETAP Students Create Mini-Courses to Empower 21st Century Educators (more news... Archived announcements)

Overview of KNILT

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

This long-term, ongoing project is situated in the graduate courses and research projects led by Dr. Jianwei Zhang at the University at Albany, SUNY (see Zhang Research Lab). Students enrolled in these classes (e.g. systematic design of instruction and learning technology in the MS CDIT program) carry diverse expertise as PreK-12 teachers, college instructors, technologists, instructional designers, curriculum coordinators, online education specialists, and other professionals. Their expertise is brought to bear in an authentic, semester-long project. Each class member goes through the systematic processes of learning design to create an online mini-course targeting teacher learning of a high-need topic, which may focus on a new pedagogical approach, a subject-specific teaching/assessment strategy, or a new technology tool.

Since its inception in September 2007, KNILT has accumulated more than 600 mini-courses; this number grows each semester. The mini-courses are continually used by students for peer learning within each class and across different cohort groups. The mini-courses are further made freely available to educators from all around the world, who search for new ideas, strategies, and tools to renovate their teaching. During the pandemic from January 2020 to October 2021, close to 500,000 users accessed the mini-courses from 223 countries. See KNILT:About for more information about the history, development, and outreach of the KNILT site.

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.

Safe and productive education during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Improve STEM learning and teaching

Improve literacy, language, and arts classrooms

Social studies and cvic education

Support social and emotional learning

How to learn/teach online

New learning technologies, competencies and environments

New approaches to assessment and evaluation

Special education & diverse learners

This network is designed and coordinated by Dr. Jianwei Zhang who directs the Technology-Augmented Co-Creativity Lab (TaCCL) at the University at Albany's School of Education. Special thanks to the technology team at UAlbany's Academic and Research Computing Center (ARCC) and Information Technology Service for their strong ongoing support.