Dr. Jianwei Zhang gave an invited speech at ICCE 2013 about principle-based design for creative knowledge practices


Inquiry-based learning practices to cultivate creative knowledge work currently rely on prescriptive designs that pre-specify a set of procedures to generate preset outcomes, with limited creative engagement of teachers and students in the design process. In his invited speech at the 21st International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) held in Bali Indonesia, Dr. Jianwei Zhang presented an adaptive, principle-based approach to learning design to support dynamic group flow that is essential to creative knowledge work. The teacher engages in opportunistic planning of inquiry processes and co-improvise with students as their idea-centered work unfolds in light of a set of primary principles. Structures of activities are not pre-set, but emerge from and  are “materialized” in practice. This principle-based approach sheds light on new designs of technology to leverage idea-centered group flow, feedback on progress, and inform deeper opportunities for sustained knowledge building.