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Accountable Talk®: Conversation that Works (E-Learning Course)

Date(s)
11/14/2012 to 11/30/2016
Organization
Coursera
Description

*This is a free online course that is ongoing throughout the year. There is no start and end date.

About the Course

Designed for teachers and learners in every setting - in school and out, in formal learning environments or at home - Introduction to Accountable Talk is an introduction to the theory and practice of well-structured talk that builds the mind. You will learn from the growing body of research and from educators who put it into practice, why intentionally structured talk promotes learning and how educators can design talk situations that promote learning. The course includes video examples of children and adults engaging in Accountable Talk in a variety of settings and will enable you to begin to build Accountable Talk in your own learning community. While the Accountable Talk program was originally developed for K-12 classrooms, its structures and practices are readily and productively applicable to any situation in which people get together and talk in order to learn. The course was developed by the School of Education and the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. The Institute for Learning was founded by Lauren Resnick, an internationally renowned cognitive psychologist, in 1995. Since then, under Resnick’s leadership the Institute for Learning has worked to support the improvement of education and achievement of all students in more than 70 school districts in 23 different states.

About the Instructor(s)

Lauren Resnick is a Distinguished University Professor of Learning Sciences and Education Policy and also of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an internationally known scholar in the cognitive science of learning and instruction and was Director of the Learning Research and Development Center from 1977-2008. She has researched and written widely on the learning and teaching of literacy, mathematics, and science. Her recent work focuses on school reform, assessment, effort-based education, the nature and development of thinking abilities, and the role of talk and discourse in learning.

Dr. Resnick is founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Learning, which bridges the domains of research and practice by conveying to educators the best of current knowledge about learning processes, principles of instruction, and the design of school systems. Dr. Resnick also co-founded the New Standards Project (1990-1999), which developed performance-based standards and assessments that widely influenced state and school district practice.

Dr. Resnick is a prolific author, a respected editor, and a frequent consultant, with appointments to many national education boards, commissions, and associations. Recognized both nationally and internationally, Dr. Resnick has received multiple awards for her research. 

Educated at Radcliffe and Harvard, Dr. Resnick has been an Overseer of Harvard University and a member of the Smithsonian Council.

Jennifer Zoltners Sherer is a learning scientist whose work revolves around design, teaching, reform, and leadership. A member of the Institute for Learning’s development and delivery team for online workshops, her research interests focus on distributed leadership and improving teaching and learning in K-12 systems through tool design and implementation, professional development, reform initiatives, and curriculum. 

Dr. Sherer has designed and implemented professional development for K-12 teachers, contributed to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s research and development efforts, and engaged in urban school reform work with the Process Engineering for Educational Results (PEER) project. She has published on distributed leadership and organizational routines. 

Dr. Sherer received her Ph.D. from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus will be refined as the course is developed. Below is a tentative list, though incomplete, of topics to be covered.
  • What is Intelligence and How Does It Develop?
  • Socializing Intelligence
  • Introduction to Accountable Talk — Research Base
  • Norms for the Accountable Talk Community
  • Tools for Accountable Talk
  • Organizing Groups for Accountable Talk
  • Designing Discussions for Accountable Talk
  • Implementing Accountable Talk

Recommended Background

No background is required. Anyone interested in learning the research and proven techniques about how to build structured conversations to get smarter or to help others get smarter is welcome.

Suggested Readings

Recommended readings will be provided as the course is developed.

Course Format

This class will consist of lecture videos, which are between 8 and 12 minutes in length, as well as video examples of Accountable Talk, which are between 2-12 minutes in length. Quiz questions will be provided each week, and there will be standalone homework assignments. There will be a final project — development of a plan for a productive Accountable Talk conversation.