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OISE Professor James Slotta appointed to President’s Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies

November 2, 2018
 

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Congratulations to Professor James Slotta, who has been appointed to the President’s Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies for a five-year term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

This prestigious appointment has been made on the advice of an OISE-wide selection committee and with the approval of the Provost. The President's Chair in Education and Knowledge Technologies was established in 2000 with a mandate to "contribute significantly to the body of scholarship on education and knowledge technologies." Designated for an OISE scholar, the President's Chair embodies the commitment of three former University of Toronto Presidents to foster research and innovation in education and knowledge technologies as a means to improve learning and teaching at all levels of the education system.

Professor Slotta joined OISE in 2005, following an extensive research background in cognitive science and web technologies, and held the Canada Research Chair in Education and Technology from 2006 to 2015. For more than a decade, Professor Slotta has developed and advanced a new pedagogical model called Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI), in response to emerging media and on a foundation of knowledge building and learning communities.

His research lab has produced important local, national, and international collaborations with partners ranging from schoolteachers to researchers in science, mathematics, engineering, and health sciences. Professor Slotta has presented a bold and exciting vision for expanding this community of scholars, practitioners, and technology developers to advance his groundbreaking work on KCI and the mandate of the President’s Chair.