Associate Dean for Research at Lynch School of Education (LSOE), Boston College
Jim Slotta is an Associate Professor of Education at The University of Toronto, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Education and Technology. Before coming to Toronto, from 1997 - 2005, Professor Slotta was at the University of California, Berkeley where he led the design and development of the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment. Since 2005, he has directed the ENCORE lab - a team of students, designers and developers who investigate new models of collaborative and collective inquiry in K-12 science. His research investigates new forms of inquiry for K-12 science classrooms, where students engage with simulations and visualizations, collaborate with peers, and work as a knowledge community to investigate phenomena, contribute their own ideas, develop designs, and create scientific arguments. His research is conducted in close collaboration with teachers, ensuring their role as a learning partner and transforming their classrooms into creative and active learning environments. Professor Slotta maintains collaborations in Europe, North America and Asia, and has published and presented widely on the international stage.