Designing learning contexts using student-generated ideas

Rachel LAM, Lung-Hsiang WONG, Matthew J. GAYDOS, Jin Song HUANG, Lay Hoon SEAH, Michael TAN, Manu KAPUR, Katerine BIELACZYC, William A. SANDOVAL

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This symposium proposes a genre of learning designs called Student-Generated Ideas (SGIs), based on designing learning contexts that promote students as critical producers, distributors, and consumers of knowledge. SGIs place students' ideas at the center of learning designs, considering the learning process as well as the learning goals/outcomes. By soliciting and foregrounding students' diversified ideas in the classroom and beyond, the learning environment communicates to students that their ideas matter to others and that they have a position of responsibility to their own and their peers' learning processes. The notion of SGIs is embodied in a repertoire of studies at the Learning Sciences Lab, National Institute of Education, Singapore, that offer varied yet overlapping interpretations of how student ideas can inform the design of learning contexts. In sharing the core design principles for SGIs approaches, this work contributes important components to the learning sciences discipline and changing educational practice. Copyright © 2016 ISLS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming learning, empowering learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016
EditorsChee-Kit LOOI, Joseph POLMAN, Ulrike CRESS, Peter REIMANN
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
ISBN (Print)9780990355083
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Lam, R., Wong, L.-H., Gaydos, M., Huang, J. S., Seah, L. H., Tan, M., . . . Sandoval, W. A. (2016). Designing learning contexts using student-generated ideas. In C.-K. Looi, J. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.), Transforming learning, empowering learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016 (Vol. 2, pp. 1090-1097). Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.


  • Preparation for collaboration
  • Productive failure
  • Seamless learning
  • Student-Generated Ideas (SGIs)
  • Game-based learning
  • Language demands of science
  • Learning in makerspaces


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