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A special guest lecture as part of the first annual LINKS conference

posted Oct 4, 2013, 5:31 AM by Yotam Hod
Dear Friends,

We are pleased to invite you to a special guest lecture as part of the LINKS (Learning in a NetworKed Society Research Center) First Annual Conference. The lecture will feature Prof. Katerine Bielaczyc, Director of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education at Clark University, USA. The focus of Prof. Bielaczyc’s presentation will be on cultivating a “Community of Learners” approach in classrooms. The lecture, which will be given in English, will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 17:45-18:45, in the auditorium of University of Haifa’s Be'it HaStudent (Student Union). Join us for a public reception and enjoy the beautiful view from the terraces from 17:15-17:45. Please print this invitation and show it to the security guards to be allowed to enter. Note that parking may be limited, so arrive early to ensure that you make it on time.

We look forward to your presence,

On behalf of the LINKS I-CORE staff and researchers,

Prof. Yael Kali, Director

Prof. Katerine Bielaczyc

Cultivating a “Community of Learners”
Approach in Classrooms

Sunday, October 13, 2013
17:15-17:45 Reception for the public
 17:45-18:45 Lecture
Auditorium of University of Haifa’s Be'it HaStudent (Student Union)

Background to the lecture

Communities of Learners (CoL) models of education are intended to foster deep disciplinary understanding and socialize students into the world of work with knowledge (Bereiter, 2002). Through working collectively to carry out investigations and reflect on their knowledge building processes, learners develop the agency and social capacities necessary for creatively working with knowledge. CoL models require teachers and students to engage in new modes of inquiry that tend to be very different from the ways in which learning and teaching occur in more traditional settings.  My research focuses on how to support teachers and students in the change processes that they must move through?  In this talk, I will provide an overview of what has been learned in the educational community and in my own work with teachers concerning how to cultivate classroom learning communities.  I will discuss both key theoretical underpinnings (design principles, epistemology and an understanding of how students learn) along with critical design elements that provide transformational leverage in enacting CoL’s.


Dr. Bielaczyc received a B.Sc. Honours in computer science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and a Master's and Ph.D. in education from The University of California at Berkeley. She has been at Clark University since 2012. Dr. Bielaczyc's research involves collaborating with students, teachers, and school communities to investigate new approaches to teaching and learning. Her work focuses on developing both technological and social infrastructures to support participants in working together as a knowledge building community to create knowledge regarding personal, pedagogical, and systemic transformation. Before joining Clark, she was Deputy Head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, Assistant Professor at Harvard University jointly in Teacher Education and Technology in Education, a Senior Scientist at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, and Director of the Learning Communities Research Group at Boston College. Dr. Bielaczyc has also collaborated on educational projects in Europe and South America.