History of the Project

The project was launched in the summer of 2007 at the Knowledge Building Summer Institute at the Ontario Institute for Studies of Education (OISE)/ University of Toronto. The initiative was led by Dr. Thérèse Laferrière, professor of pedagogy at Laval University and associate researcher at the Institute of Knowledge Innovation and Technology (IKIT) at the University of Toronto. Since its inception, KBIP has grown to include several international partnerships, developing succesful models for knowledge building and collaborative learning betweens students.

KBIP's unique pedagogical approach intentionally develops sustainable, student-centered models by building networks of stakeholders within the local communities and between the international communities. The project uses technology to include a wide variety of participants, some of whom are historically underserved (such as schools in the rural areas of Quebec).

Since 2007, the project continues to provide the context in which students, schools, parents and communities maximize local resources and actively engage in the students` learning process. KBIP now includes participants in both elementary school and high school.