Alisa Acosta

Alisa Acosta
Blockchain Research Institute

Doctor of Philosophy

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This dissertation describes a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) curriculum and corresponding technology environment called CKBiology. Using a design-based research methodology, CKBiology was designed in close collaboration with a high school biology teacher and two software developers, and was implemented in two sections of a Grade 1...
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This paper describes a learning community curriculum and corresponding technology environment called CKBiology, which was informed by a pedagogical model called Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI). Like Knowledge Building (KB), KCI prioritizes epistemic agency, collective cognitive responsibility, and idea improvement. However, in a departure fro...
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Researchers from around the world have shaped knowledge integration (KI), a framework that captures the processes learners use to build on their multiple ideas and refine their understanding. KI emerged 25 years ago from syntheses of experimental, longitudinal, and meta-analytic studies of learning and instruction. Advances in KI have resulted from...
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This research paper presents the design of an active learning curriculum and corresponding software environment called CKBiology, reporting on its implementation in two sections of a Grade 12 Biology course across three design cycles. Guided by a theoretical framework called Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI), we employed a design-based research...
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This paper reports on the design and implementation of several student-and teacher-facing learning analytics representations within a blended learning community curriculum for Grade 12 Biology. Using a custom designed technology environment called CKBiology, these representations captured the real-time progress of the learning community at three le...
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In this poster, we present the design of a group-formation tool used to support the orchestration of a Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI) curriculum in Grade 12 Biology. The tool was built as part of a broader learning environment called CKBiology, and enables the teacher to form groups “in the moment” using on protocols such as group by progres...
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This paper describes our efforts to add structure and formalism to the design of a CSCL curriculum for high school science–integrating individual, collaborative and whole-class inquiry activities into a coherent “learning community.” A pedagogical model called Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI) guided our design of a curricular sequence in which...
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Several research programs have investigated the use of technology enhanced learning environments to support collective inquiry in science. In a departure from traditional forms of instruction, which maintain an emphasis on individual achievement, Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI) is a pedagogical model in which students work together collaborat...
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We developed and piloted the Pioneer Valley CS (PVCS) Collaboratory employing theoretical constructs from the learning sciences and while leveraging educational technology design principles. Our approach prioritizes new science learning opportunities through social exchanges around data collection and interpretation issues during socioecological CS...
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This poster describes a design-based research project that investigates how learning analytics tools and approaches, applied within the context of a technology-enhanced, blended learning environment, can support a Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI) approach to secondary science. Acknowledging that many learning analytic tools and designs emerged...
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This symposium presents our efforts to reconceptualize learning spaces from their traditional notions as bound and immutable to a view in which the physical and social boundaries are flexible and dynamically connected to the learning itself. We present the work from five international research centers that consider space as a multi-dimensional medi...
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In this practitioner presentation, we propose a possible application for the use of temporal analytics in an elementary science classroom that has adopted a Knowledge Community and Inquiry approach to a 9-week curriculum unit on astronomy. We describe a multi-phase curricular script that includes activities conducted using an online note-writing pl...
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In this symposium we consider the physical space of the classroom in order to understand how location can be used as an input or information source for knowledge- building activities. Five posters encapsulate several projects, addressing the role of physical or locational elements within our work, including their role in the pedagogical design, the...
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This chapter examines how digital authorship in graduate education can broaden conceptions of scholarly engagement. Using a blog created by one of the authors in the context of a graduate literacy course as data, the authors explore how digital authoring practices influence both what counts as scholarly activity and how individuals approach scholar...
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This paper explores Epistemic Cognition (EC) at the collective level within the context of an inquiry curriculum for high school biology. The "EvoRoom" curriculum was 10 weeks in duration, with two major units in evolution and biodiversity as well as a rich media "immersive simulation" activity and a field trip to a local zoo. All activities were d...
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Digitally augmented physical spaces (e.g., smart classrooms) offer opportunities to engage students in novel and potentially transformative learning experiences. This paper presents an immersive rainforest simulation and collective inquiry activity where students collect observational data from the environment and explore their peers' data through...
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Digitally augmented physical spaces (e.g. smart classrooms) offer opportunities to engage students in novel and potentially transformative learning experiences. This paper presents an immersive rainforest simulation and a mobile inquiry platform where co-located students collect observational data from the environment and explore their peers' data...
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This thesis examines the role of epistemic cognition within the context of a Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI) curriculum for secondary science. The study employs a new form of design-based research, called Model-Based Design Research (MBDR), which first maps a formal pedagogical model onto the curriculum design, and then assesses how the enact...
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Knowledge creation depends on pursuit of promising possibilities. This paper reports a case study of a graduate-level course, with promisingness judgments incorporated as an explicit goal of course work. The top-level goal for the course was to have students take collective responsibility for "the creation of an assessment of collaborative knowledg...
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This study examines the impact of formative feedback to enhance students' productive written vocabulary. Behavioral, lexical, and network structure analyses were applied to the work of two Grade 2 classes engaged in knowledge building in science. Two variations of feedback including vocabulary and contribution-based visualizations were integrated i...
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This chapter examines how digital authorship in graduate education can broaden conceptions of scholarly engagement. Using a blog created by one of the authors in the context of a graduate literacy course as data, the authors explore how digital authoring practices influence both what counts as scholarly activity and how individuals approach scholar...

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