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Faculty of Education recognized as knowledge mobilizer

By Heidi Wicks | Oct. 5, 2007

Dr. Elizabeth Murphy of the Faculty of Education was recently acknowledged for her work promoting knowledge mobilization by Dr. Tariq Bhatti, senior director, Strategic Initiatives of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Ottawa.

Dr. Murphy is conducting a study with the Killick Project, titled Innovative and Effective Practices in Online Learning. Its purpose is to investigate student practices in the context of e-teaching at the high-school level.

The objectives include identifying, describing and documenting existing e-teaching practices fitting with learner focused principals as defined by the American Psychological Association (APA), to evaluate the practices in relation to their effectiveness, feasibility, scalability and sustainability.

Earlier this year Dr. Murphy produced a video for YouTube, explaining the concept of Knowledge Mobilization, which, according to Dr. Bhatti, is growing exponentially in the spheres of YouTube, WikiPedia and Google.

“If you were to Google the term Knowledge Mobilization now, you would get nearly 300 references, which is very different than it was even months ago,” he said, “it seems to be gaining a real familiarity, and now there’s even a Canadian centre for knowledge mobilization at the University of Waterloo.”

Dr. Bhatti started a Wiki in July of this year, and hundreds of individuals have contributed to it since that time – an indication of how the term, -which centres around emerging technologies for the universal improvements in education - is becoming more known.

Don’t know what Knowledge Mobilization is? Before you’re left out of the loop, read up on it, starting at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_Mobilization or
www.research.uwaterloo.ca/fullspectrum/showcase/details.asp?id=69.


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