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Affordance 2: Active Knowledge Making

Adaptive Learning

Active Knowledge Making: Cultivating Innovators and Creators

Active knowledge making represents a shift from passive absorption of information to active creation and engagement with knowledge. This approach emphasizes skills highly valued in today's knowledge-driven economy: innovation, creativity, and problem-solving. It recognizes that the purpose and societal impact of education extend beyond rote learning to include critical thinking, real-world problem solving, and active reasoning.

Key Concepts in Active Knowledge Making:

  1. Engaged Learning - Understanding what it means to be an active participant in the learning process.

  2. Shifting Knowledge Dynamics - Transitioning from hierarchical to horizontal relationships in knowledge sharing.

  3. Rethinking Memory Work - Exploring the role of memory in a dynamic learning environment.

  4. Agency in Learning - Changing how learners interact with and influence their educational journey.


This approach leads to the development of learners who are equipped for higher levels of epistemic performance, including self-reflection, peer-assessment, metacognition, and collaborative co-design of learning experiences. It aligns with the needs of a rapidly evolving knowledge economy, where traditional methods of knowledge transmission are becoming less relevant.

For an in-depth exploration of these concepts and their application in educational settings, watch the videos below or visit

Memory Work in Learning

Changing the Balance of Agency

What Does it Mean to e an Engaged Larner?

Hierarchical or Horizontal Knowledge Relations? 

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