Cyberlearning 2015: Connect, Collaborate, and Create the Future

January 27-28, 2015 at the Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, VA

Working together to understand how we can shape cyberlearning research and development efforts to achieve deep impacts on policy, practice, future research solicitations, and products.


Cyberlearning 2015: Connect, Collaborate, and Create the Future was held January 27-28, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Webcast recordings and presentations from the Gallery Walk are available. See also tweets from participants at #cyberlearning.

Learn more about some of the highlights of Cyberlearning 2015 in a blog post by Jeremy Roschelle.

At the event, attendees worked together to understand how this developing community can achieve deep impacts by integrating emerging technologiies with rigorous learning theory. The meeting was structured for participants to work collaboratively towards potential impacts on policy, practice, research solicitations, and products. Key outcomes include shaping the research and development efforts that will become the focus of future community efforts.

Program (Eastern Time Zone)

A detailed program [PDF] is available. Register for virtual participation to view the webcast. Note that all times are Eastern Time Zone (ET).

Monday January 26 (Optional)

(various) Legislative Office Visits – For attendees who signed up to visit their state legislators to educate them about cyberlearning and to share information about their projects.
5-6:30 pm Early registration – Westin Arlington Gateway, Fitzgerald Ballroom C
6 pm Meet others at registration (Fitzgerald Ballroom C) for group dinners (self-pay). For restaurants, see email or second-to-last page of program, or Yelp.

Tuesday January 27

7:30 Breakfast and registration – Westin Arlington Gateway, Fitzgerald Ballroom C
8:00 Welcoming Remarks from NSF and Program Overview
8:30 Legislative Visit Panel (reflections on yesterday’s visits to state legislators)
9:15 Networking Activity
9:45 Break
10:00 Keynote Speaker: Louis Gomez, University of California – Los Angeles
10:30 Keynote Speaker: Justine Cassell, Carnegie Mellon University
11:00 Lunch (provided)
12:00 Pecha Kucha Presentations 1 (rapid fire presentations)
12:30 Pecha Kucha Presentations 2 (rapid fire presentations)
1:00 Orientation and transition to Expertise Exchange and Impact Groups
1:15 Break
1:30 Expertise Exchanges
2:45 Break
3:00 Impact Groups
4:30 Break, and set up demos and posters
5:00 Gallery Walk and Refreshments
6:30 End of Day 1

Join someone for dinner! For restaurants, see the end of the program booklet or Yelp.

Wednesday January 28

7:30 Breakfast – Westin Arlington Gateway, Fitzgerald Ballroom C
8:00 Kumar Garg, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
8:15 Impact Groups Panel
8:45 Keynote Speaker: Theo Watson, Design I/O LLC
9:15 Keynote Speaker: Cristóbal Cobo, Centro Ceibal
9:45 Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Directorate of Education & Human Resources, National Science Foundation; Orientation and transition to Envisioning Groups 1 and 2
10:00 Break
10:15 Envisioning Groups 1 (working groups)
11:45 Lunch (provided)
12:30 Pecha Kucha Presentations 3 (rapid fire presentations)
1:00 Pecha Kucha Presentations 4 (rapid fire presentations)
1:30 Break
1:45 Envisioning Groups 2 (working groups)
3:15 Break
3:30 Images of the Future – A Town Hall Conversation with Dr. Chris Hoadley, NSF
4:00 Complete meeting evaluation survey and adjourn

Hotel and Meeting Location

Conference Hote: Westin Arlington Gateway
801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203 Google Map
Nearest Metro: Ballston – MU (Orange Line), 0.4 km/0.3 miles

A discount hotel link for the Westin was sent to registered attendees.

Other nearby hotels include the Holiday Inn Arlington and the Hilton Arlington.

Note that there is no cost to attend the event, but attendees must pay for and book their own travel (including flights, hotel, shuttles, etc.).

Transport Options

The Westin Arlington Gateway is located 5 miles from Ronald Reagan International Airport (DCA) and is easily accessible by Metro, taxi, limousine, rental car, or commercial shuttle service. The nearest Metro stop is the Ballsont-MU Station. Learn more about transport options to the Westin Arlington Gateway.

Nearby Restaurants

Some recommendations on Yelp:

More on Washington, D.C.

Organizers and Sponsors

SRI’s Center for Innovative Research on Cyberlearning (CIRCL) is chartered by NSF to support the cyberlearning research community.

Cyberlearning 2015 Chairs

Jeremy Roschelle, SRI International
Andee Rubin, TERC

Program Committee

Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde, Tufts University
Amy Ogan, Carnegie Mellon University
Stephen Uzzo, NY Hall of Science
Tom Moher, University of Illinois at Chicago
Chad Lane, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sarah Costello, St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School
Sarah Shayesteh, El Camino High School
Jen Groff, MIT Media Lab
Karen Doore, The University of Texas at Dallas

+ CIRCL staff:
Judi Fusco, SRI International
Patricia Schank, SRI International
Shuchi Grover, SRI International
Joyce Malyn-Smith, EDC
Sarita Nair-Pillai, EDC


1. Who can attend this meeting?

Investigators whose work has a “cyberlearning” theme are encouraged to participate, regardless of which NSF program or other government, philanthropic or private source funds their current efforts. Because we are looking for contributors who can shape the future of research and development in Cyberlearning, we hope to attract a diversity of attendees, including teachers, graduate students, computer scientists, learning scientists, informal educators and others with a passion for the issues of Cyberlearning.

2. Who pays for and books travel?

There is no cost to attend the event, but attendees must pay for and book their own travel (including flights, hotel, shuttles, etc.).

3. Can I attend part of the meeting?

Cyberlearning 2015 will be a working meeting. Participants are expected to commit to the 2 full days of the meeting. Preference for in-person attendance will be given to applicants who offer to share tangible insights and to be actively involved before, during, and after the meeting. For those who cannot attend in person, portions of the meeting will be webcast to allow some virtual participation.

4. How do I see the webcast?

Registration for the virtual sessions will open closer to the event. When you register for virtual participation, you will receive an email with instructions.

5. What if I have a question before the event?

If you have any questions, please contact CIRCL.