Cyberlearning 2019: Exploring Contradictions in Achieving Equitable Futures

October 3-4, 2019 at the Westin Alexandria, Alexandria Virginia


See the Call for Participation and apply to attend by April 26, 2019.

Cyberlearning 2019 will provide opportunities to join colleagues with diverse expertise and perspectives to explore the tensions that arise as research teams expand the boundaries of learning, and explore learning in the context of working with technology. Multimodal data and analytics could improve learning, but at what costs? Robotics can engage learners of all ages, but are learners prepared for the future of work? New technologies can expand learning opportunities, but for whom? Cyberlearning researchers investigate equity, diversity and inclusiveness, but can we make a positive impact at scale? To tackle questions like these, we need opportunities to connect around big ideas and converge many kinds of expertise.

Cyberlearning 2019 will also provide opportunities to strategize around Big Ideas, including those NSF has already prioritized for funding. Existing Cyberlearning projects have emphasized Convergent Science, bringing together computer scientists, learning scientists, data scientists, and experts in diversity, equity and inclusion. There are also opportunities for learning research that addresses Work at the Human Technology Frontier, Harnessing Big Data and INCLUDES, as well as other Big Ideas not yet on the table. Participants will share and learn what has been accomplished in cyberlearning projects, envision future research, and join forces with new colleagues.

Approximately 200 leading researchers along with students, educators, designers, industry experts, and other stakeholders will work together for two days at Cyberlearning 2019 to accelerate the community’s collective work and impact. Cyberlearning 2019 will build on past meetings (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017) that inspired the community to identify issues of common interest and ignited joint efforts among participants.

Questions? Contact the CIRCL convening team.

Program (Eastern Time Zone)

Details will be added closer to the event. Times listed below are still tentative. Keynotes will be webcast.

Session types will include: Keynotes, roundtables, expertise exchanges, poster sessions, working sessions, and a gallery walk.

Wednesday October 2 (Optional)

(various) Legislative Office Visits – For attendees who signed up to visit their state legislators.
5-7 pm Early registration.
6 pm Meet others at registration for group dinners.
7 pm Dinner for buddies

Thursday October 3

7:30 Breakfast (provided) and registration – Westin Alexandria
8:00 Welcoming Remarks and Conference Program Overview
8:30 Networking Activity
9:00 Sessions TBD
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Sessions TBD
5:00 Gallery Walk
7:00 End of Day 1

Friday October 4

7:30 Breakfast (provided) – Westin Alexandria
8:00 Day 2 Overview and Announcements.
8:30 Sessions (TBD)
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Sessions TBD
4:00 Adjourn

Hotel and Meeting Location

Conference Hotel: Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA, (703) 253-8600
Maps and transportation

A Westin reservation link will be included in a confirmation email sent to accepted applicants that register for the event.

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.).

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Organizers and Sponsors

Cyberlearning 2019 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

Cynthia D’Angelo University of Illinois
James Lester, North Carolina State University
Tamara Clegg, University of Maryland

Program Committee Members

Amar Abbott, Taft College
Matthew Boyer, Clemson University
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh
Andres Henriquez, New York Hall of Science
Steve Hickman, Riverside County Office of Education
Christopher Hoadley, New York University
Sherry Hsi, Concord Consortium
Yanghee Kim, Northern Illinois University
Erin Walker, University of Pittsburgh
Marcelo Worsley, Northwestern University
Nesra Yannier, Carnegie Mellon University


Jeremy Roschelle, Digital Promise
Judith Fusco, Digital Promise
Patricia Schank, Digital Promise
Quinn Burke, Digital Promise
Sarita Nair-Pillai, Education Development Center
Joyce Malyn-Smith, Education Development Center
Sarah MacGillivray, Education Development Center
Shari Gardner, SRI International

The meeting co-chairs and CIRCL staff thank the program committee for their innovative ideas and thoughtful input into 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 register for the event in order to attend.

2. 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. A discounted hotel rate is available to registered attendees.

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.

3. Can I attend part of the meeting?

Cyberlearning 2019 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?

Portions of the event will be webcast. Registration will open closer to the event. When you register for the webcast, you will receive an email with instructions.

We invite you to also read and post tweets to the event hashtag, #NSFCL19.

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

If you have any questions, please contact CIRCL.