CIRCL Newsletter – Issue 16, February 2016 Special Edition

CIRCL News

Below we highlight important, time-sensitive opportunities that would have been communicated at our snowed-out January meeting:

  1. Apply for an Innovation Lab on Smart and Connected Learning Communities
  2. Register for the NSF Video Showcase
  3. Indicate your interest in a workshop in Europe on Innovating Pedagogy themes
  4. Sign up for the AccessCyberlearning Capacity Building Institute
  5. Review 5 Ways CIRCL Can Help you
  6. Review new NSF Program Director openings and other job opportunities

More details on each follow below.

We are also working on re-scheduling Cyberlearning 2016, and presently looking at dates in either June or September 2016. We’ll let you know as soon as the dates are settled.


1) Apply for Smart and Connected Communities for Learning Innovation Lab by March 1

CIRCL invites you to apply for the Smart and Connected Communities for Learning: A Cyberlearning Innovation Lab to be held May 2-6, 2016, in Menlo Park, California. This workshop will catalyze research concepts and partnerships to advance how technology can help people to learn across settings in communities. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for the approximately 25 accepted participants. The application date has been extended to March 1; notifications of acceptance will be made before the end of March.


2) Register for the NSF Video Showcase by March 15

Registration for the 2016 NSF Video Showcase, Advancing STEM All on May 17-23 is now open. This year’s theme is broadening participation and increasing access to quality STEM and Computer Science experiences (though submissions outside of this theme are also welcome). Participating projects will each create and submit a 3-minute video that illustrates the project’s intervention, innovation, and impact (or potential for impact for new projects). Registration is mandatory for projects wishing to contribute a video. See the Videohall: Moviemaking Guide for tips on making your video, and note that last year’s participants are welcome to submit a new video this year. Register by March 15.


3) Interested in an International Workshop in Europe?

CIRCL is considering hosting an international workshop in Europe, to coincide with the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). The workshop, likely on September 12, 2016, would provide opportunity to engage with researchers in Europe and other countries around themes in the highly successful Innovating Pedagogy ‘15 report. We will seek to cover the cost of travel for approximately a dozen U.S. researchers to both the workshop and EC-TEL. Four likely themes for international discussion are: Computational Thinking, Embodied Learning, Stealth Assessment, and Connecting Formal and Informal Learning. Complete this short form if you are interested in participating or learning more.


4) Sign Up for the AccessCyberlearning Institute

Apply now to attend the AccessCyberlearning Capacity Building Institute (CBI) on March 9-11, 2016 in Seattle. This workshop will bring together cyberlearning researchers, technology developers, and instructors to share ideas and expertise regarding how to create more accessible, usable, and welcoming online learning experiences for everyone, including those with disabilities. AccessCyberlearning will cover travel, food, and conference materials for accepted participants.


5) Ways CIRCL Can Help You

A new page on our web site describes 5 Ways CIRCL Can Help You. Have a look!


6) Job Opportunities: NSF Program Directors, 100Kin10, EDC

NSF announces nationwide searches to fill NSF Program Director positions in Cyberlearning, Physical Science Education, Neuroscience, and Mathematics Education.

100Kin10 is searching for a Research & Innovation Fellow in STEM Education to help identify and solve shared problems of practice related to STEM teacher preparation and retention.

EDC’s Center for Children and Technology has multiple positions open. Their work examines the role that digital tools play in the learning lives of young people.


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CIRCL is supported by NSF grants IIS-1233722, IIS-1441631, and IIS-1556486. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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