Cyberlearning 2016: Designing for Deeper, Broader, and More Equitable Learning

June 5-6, 2016 at the Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, Virginia
Legislative visits took place on Tuesday, June 7th.


Group Photo

Approximately 180 leading researchers along with students, educators, designers, industry experts, and other stakeholders worked together for two days at Cyberlearning 2016 to accelerate the community’s collective work and impact.

Cyberlearning 2016 built upon three prior successful meetings in 2015, 2014, and 2013, which inspired the community to identify issues of common interest and ignited joint efforts among participants. Participants sought to address important questions and issues including:

  • How can cyberlearning help empower the next generation of diverse learners?
  • How can we create innovative technologies that draw upon sound theories of learning through productive collaborations among researchers, designers, learners, and formal and informal educators?
  • How can we foster an inclusive design community that balances real world problems and settings with promising cyberlearning approaches?
  • How can we integrate contributions from multiple research projects for broader impact (e.g., combining our theories or combining our tools into a common infrastructure)?

Program (Eastern Time Zone)

A program book (PDF) is available. See Webcast recordings of the keynotes and special speakers, and the Storify based on tweets posted with #NSFCL16

Saturday June 4 (Optional)

5-7 pm Early registration – Pre-function C.
6 pm Meet others at registration for group dinners (self-pay). Yelp restaurants.
7 pm Buddies dinner (for buddies who RSVP’d)

Sunday June 5

7:30 Breakfast (provided) and registration – Westin Arlington Gateway, Fitzgerald Ballroom C
8:00 Welcoming Remarks from NSF and Program Overview
8:30 Networking Activity
9:00 Transition to Roundtable Sessions
9:15 Learn about Cyberlearning Projects: Roundtable Session
10:15 Break
10:45 Keynote: Nichole Pinkard
Using Cyberlearning to Create Equitable Learning Opportunities at City-Scale
11:15 Keynote: Peggy Weil
Immersive Journalism and Data Visualization for Civic Engagement
11:45 Lunch (provided)
12:15 Orientation to Expertise Exchanges and Working Sessions. EE Leaders give 1-minute pitches.
12:30 Break
1:00 Expertise Exchanges
2:30 Break
3:00 Working Sessions
4:45 Break, and set up demos and posters
5:30 Gallery Walk (demos/posters) and refreshments
7:00 Breakdown Demos & Posters / Special Topic Dinners

Monday June 6

7:30 Breakfast – Westin Arlington Gateway, Fitzgerald Ballroom C
8:00 Program Overview for Day 2
8:15 Special Speakers
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 Break
10:15 Announcements
10:30 Keynote: Jim Shelton
Accelerating Innovation in Learning and Teaching: Creating and Leveraging the Policy Context
11:00 Keynote: Linda Chaput
Agile Mind: A Case Study of Technology-Mediated Educational Innovation at Scale
11:30 Lunch (provided)
12:30 Break
12:45 Expertise Exchanges
2:15 Break
2:30 Working Sessions
3:30 Town Hall: Dr. Chris Hoadley, NSF
4:00 Adjourn
4:30-6:00 (Optional) Invited posters and demos present in the NSF Atrium. Attendance open to all CL16 participants.

Tuesday June 7 (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.

Hotel and Meeting Location

Conference Hote: Westin Arlington Gateway
801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203 Google Map
(703) 717-6200
Nearest Metro: Ballston – MU (Orange Line), 0.4 km/0.3 miles

Alternate Lodging. A Westin reservation link is included in the registration confirmation email, but the Westin is now full. If you still need room, there are good AirBnB options, and nearby hotels:

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.). Travel expenses will be reimbursed for a limited number of buddies (see application for details).

Transport Options

The Westin Arlington Gateway is located 5 miles from Ronald Reagan International Airport (DCA) and 21 miles from the Dulles Airport (IAD). Learn more about transport options to the Westin Arlington Gateway. From DCA, it is easily accessible by Metro, taxi, or Super Shuttle. From IAD, the best options are taxi or Super Shuttle. The nearest Metro stop is the Ballsont-MU Station.

Nearby Restaurants

Some recommendations on Yelp:

  • Super Pollo (Peruvian), 0.4 mi, 550 N Quincy St, (571) 970-3421
  • The Melting Pot (American, Fondue), 0.5 mi, 1110 N. Glebe Rd., (703) 243-4490
  • Pinzimini (Italian), 0 mi, at Westin Arlington, (703) 537-4200
  • Ravi Kabob House (Pakistani), 0.7 mi, 305 N Glebe Rd, (703) 522-6666
  • Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe (Tex-Mex), 0.2 mi, 4301 Fairfax Dr, (703) 528-3131
  • Thai Curry (Thai), 0.7 mi, 307 N Glebe Rd, (703) 524-0711
  • PF Chang’s China Bistro (Chinese), 417 ft, 901 N. Glebe Rd., (703) 527‐0955
  • Sweet Green (Vegetarian, Soup, Salad), 0.4 mi, 4075 Wilson Blvd, (703) 522-2016
  • Bangkok Bistro (Thai), 0.2 mi, 715 N. Glebe Rd., (703) 243‐9669
  • Tandoor (Indian), 0.3 mi, 4238 Wilson Blvd., (703) 527‐1585
  • Fettoosh (Middle Eastern/ Morroccan), 0.5 mi, 5100 Wilson Blvd., (703) 527‐7710
  • Front Page (American), 0.2 mi, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, (703) 248‐9990

More on Washington, D.C.

Organizers and Sponsors

Cyberlearning 2016 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by CIRCL. CIRCL is chartered by NSF to support the cyberlearning research community.

Meeting Co-Chairs

Jeremy Roschelle, SRI International
Wendy Martin, Education Development Center

Program Committee Members

June Ahn (College of Information Studies and College of Education, University of Maryland)
Mike Eisenberg (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Kip Glazer (Kern High School District, California)
Lauren Goldenberg (New York City Department of Education, Research & Policy Support Group)
Natalie Harr Ylizarde (2013-2015 NSF Einstein Fellow and doctoral student, University of Maryland)
Matthias Hauswirth (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
Margaret Hennessey (North Carolina State University)
Kemi Jona (Northwestern University)
Andee Rubin (TERC and Cyberlearning 2015 Co-Chair)
Beth Sanzenbacher (Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago, Illinois)
Stephanie Teasley (University of Michigan and CIRCL Advisor)


Sarita Nair-Pillai (Education Development Center)
Joyce Malyn-Smith (Education Development Center)
Bernadette Sibuma (Education Development Center)
Melody Hachey (Education Development Center)
Sarah MacGillivray (Education Development Center)
Judith Fusco (SRI International)
Shari Gardner, SRI International
Patricia Schank (SRI International)
Cynthia D’Angelo (SRI International)
Shuchi Grover (SRI International)

The meeting chairs and CIRCL staff thank the program committee for the innovative ideas and thoughtful input that helped shaped the agenda for this meeting.


1. Who can attend this meeting?

Researchers with NSF projects with a cyberlearning theme as well as teachers, informal educators, foundation program directors, technologists, designers, graduate students, and other stakeholders. Participants must apply, be accepted, and then register for the event in order to attend. Applications are now closed and acceptance notices been emailed.

The application also encouraged researchers with cyberlearning-themed projects to nominate a non-Principal Investigator “buddy” (such as an educator, student, or a leader at an institution that serves diverse learners) who could jointly attend the meeting and enrich our deliberations. Travel support will be avaiable for buddies who are (1) nominated (2) qualify (see above) and pass a first stage review, (3) are sent the buddy application form, (4) complete and submit the buddy application form, and (5) are formally accepted as a buddy. Interest in bringing a buddy has been very high, so acceptances will be highly competative. Buddy applications are currently being reviewed.

2. Can a PI be a buddy?

No. Our goal with buddies is to encourage involvement beyond PIs/CoPIs and researchers with funding, to broaden participation and enrich our deliberations with voices that are not frequently heard at PI meetings (see above).

3. Who pays for and books travel?

There is no fee to attend the event, but attendees must book and pay for their own travel and hotel. Travel expenses (up to a limit) will be reimbursed only for accepted buddies (see above).

PIs of NSF projects typically pay for travel to the meeting on their projects, as they will present their work or facilitate a discussion related to their area of research at the meeting, and look at this as this their “annual PI meeting” with NSF. Several NSF program officers will be at the meeting, and more than half the attendees are NSF cyberlearning-themed project PIs.

4. Can I attend part of the meeting?

Cyberlearning 2016 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.

5. 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.

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

If you have any questions, please contact CIRCL.