In 2016, we received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to help fund our research.
We are at a pivotal moment globally in the evolution of educational technologies where increased financial pressures on educational institutions makes potential savings offered by online courses particularly attractive. We therefore need to carefully identify the most promising opportunities for maximizing learning in online learning environments rather than allowing online course design to be guided by financial and technological imperatives. We have both the research tools and the research program to carry out that task.
The project's core technology is a web-based collaborative workspace offering specialized knowledge-building features and social networking tools to support learners in building learning communities promoting both social trust and idea
Research using PeppeR has generated promising results within three key online learning areas:
O.I.S.E. and Pepper
The Pepper Project is a research initiative dedicated to the design of educational software that fosters 21st century skills. The project’s core technology, called “Pepper”, is a web-based collaborative workspace where students can engage in in-depth inquiry. Pepper offers a variety of specialized knowledge building features and social networking tools that support learners of all ages in their efforts to share information, identify key ideas, and progressively work to improve those ideas.
OISE faculty have researched learning technologies for over two decades.