AccessCyberlearning 2.0 Capacity Building Institute

January 15-18, 2019 in Seattle, WA

The AccessCyberlearning 2.0 Capacity Building Institute (CBI) will bring together researchers, graduate students, and leaders in NSF-funded Cyberlearning projects to engage with each other to explore how to make digital learning research, products, activities, and resources welcoming to, accessible to, and usable by everyone, including those with disabilities. The following research questions will be explored during the event.

  1. What challenges do learners with different types of disabilities face in using current and emerging digital learning tools and engaging in online learning activities?
  2. How do current digital learning research and practices contribute to the marginalization of individuals with disabilities?
  3. What advances in digital learning design are required to support multi-modal learning and engagement that is fully accessible to and usable by students with disabilities?
  4. What specific actions can digital learning researchers, funding agencies, educators, and other stakeholders take to systematically address issues with respect to disabilities?

You are invited to be part of this exciting endeavor that will have long-term impact in making cyberlearning tools and pedagogy more accessible to students and instructors with disabilities and invest time on creating the deliverables for this project, both at the CBI and in followup online communications (e.g., reviewing resources, locating references, editing draft documents). In the CBI participants will work together to

  • synthesize and integrate existing research related to the accessibility of digital learning to students with a variety of disabilities;
  • draft a white paper which addresses the research questions and contributes to the development of forward-looking, highly adaptable, distributed, collaborative digital environments that can personalize learning for diverse learners that include individuals with disabilities with potential applications across multiple and varying (a) domains of knowledge, (b) learning contexts, and (c) time spans; and
  • draft guidelines for how researchers can address disability/accessibility-related issues with respect to (a) designing and testing new technologies, (b) analyzing and reporting outcomes, and (c) designing project activities and resources.

Travel, food, and conference materials will be covered by the AccessCyberlearning 2.0 project (Grant # 1824540). AccessCyberlearning 2.0 is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 18-017: Principles of the Design of Digital Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Environments).

Space is limited, so apply to participate soon. Notifications of acceptance will go out in late November 2018.

Learn more about the AccessCyberlearning 2.0 project.

If you have any questions please email Lyla Crawford at

(This workshop is one of 9 synthesis and design workshops funded by NSF to advance the design of digital STEM learning environments.)