Working Sessions

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The purpose of the Working Sessions at Cyberlearning 2016 is to bring together small groups (5-10) of people who are interested in similar topics to generate ideas for working on a common project that may extend beyond the meeting. You can find a suggested Working Session theme group on your name tag, based on your application.

Within each theme are subgroups by topic. Each subgroup will have a facilitator who will engage participants in a discussion to help them decide what project the group will work on together. Some possible collaborative projects include

  • A primer or blog post on the topic for the CIRCL website
  • Joint publication/conference presentation (edited volume, AERA symposium)
  • Focusing multiple existing projects in same classrooms/populations
  • Capacity-building proposal, other collaborative proposal
  • Policy or funding recommendations to Cyberlearning or NSF
  • Joint public messaging on cyberlearning
  • Strategy/coalition for connecting cyberlearning products/producers with interested dissemination channels
  • Plan for enhancing the diversity of research collaborators or populations served
  • Pilot test of an innovative technology in a formal or informal education setting

During the Day 1 Working Sessions you can choose a subgroup to work with, and create a poster that explains your project ideas to share during the Gallery Walk reception that evening. On Day 2, your subgroup can pitch your project idea at one of the Expertise Exchanges for feedback. During the Day 2 Working Sessions, your subgroup will have time to plan and/or refine your project idea further. Below we list the locations and hosts for each theme, and the facilitators and the topics the subgroups will discuss.

Theme 1: How can cyberlearning help empower the next generation of diverse learners?

Ballroom C
Host: Stephanie Teasley
Facilitators: James Lester, Crystle Martin, Eni Mustafaraj, Kimberly Sheridan, Robert McLaughlin

  1. Investigating adaptive technologies that provide personalized learning experiences (James Lester)
  2. How do we foster the pathway(s) from interest to academic and career trajectories in STEM for diverse learners? (Crystle Martin)
  3. New developments in computational thinking through cyberlearning (Eni Mustafaraj)
  4. What we would love to know: Identifying and devising research strategies for important but difficult to measure learning outcomes and processes (Kimberly Sheridan)
  5. How can the cyberlearning community best leverage — and inform — the unprecedented digital equity resource opportunities now emerging for low-income learners, in ways that result in significantly greater educational and economic opportunity? (Robert McLaughlin)

Theme 2: 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?

Ballroom E
Host: Wendy Martin
Facilitators: Jodi Asbell-Clark, Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, Ruth Kermish-Allen

  1. Supporting and measuring learning across digital games, school, community, and other components of a ubiquitous learning environment (Jodi Asbell-Clark)
  2. Developing Virtual Reality STEM experiences that foster conceptual understanding in all learners (Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki)
  3. Interacting globally, creating change locally: Online citizen science (Ruth Kermish-Allen)

Theme 3: How can we foster an inclusive design community that balances real world problems and settings with promising cyberlearning approaches?

Salon 1-3
Host: Cynthia D’Angelo
Facilitators: Jose Blackorby, Jennie Chiu, Doug Clark, Marcelo Worsley, Fengfeng Ke

  1. Inclusive cyberlearning designs for students with disabilities (Jose Blackorby)
  2. Synthesizing best practices for mixed-reality technologies in classroom settings (Jennie Chiu)
  3. Developing computational thinking and programming practices (Doug Clark)
  4. Multimodal learning meets multimodal learning analytics: a research agenda for supporting and extending embodied and hands-on learning experiences (Marcelo Worsley)
  5. What are the core dimensions of inclusive design: Universal or Accessible, Adaptive or Prescriptive? (Fengfeng Ke)

Theme 4: How can we integrate contributions from multiple research projects for broader impact?

Ballroom D
Host: Kemi Jona
Facilitators: Jeremy Roschelle, Michael Evans, Janet Kolodner, Chad Dorsey

  1. Communicating widely about cyberlearning (Jeremy Roschelle)
  2. Moving beyond the walled garden: Harnessing data from cyberlearning tools to support teacher decision making and formative feedback (Michael Evans)
  3. Project-based education across the curriculum: Matching approaches to needs and affordances (Janet Kolodner)
  4. Ongoing work on a public-awareness campaign and outreach activities promoting understanding of what makes for good learning and about related STEM-specific issues (Chad Dorsey)