Cyberlearning Workshops: Principles for the Design of Digital STEM Learning Environments

    (Image from NSF)

    NSF challenged interdisciplinary science and engineering teams to produce plans for developing forward-looking, highly adaptable, distributed digital environments that can personalize learning for diverse learners in collaborative settings. This challenge was issued in a recent DCL for synthesis and design workshops.

    Nine workshops received Cyberlearning awards in 2018 and will hold workshops in 2019. All workshops welcome additional participants to help synthesize existing research and envision future research on their topics.

    To participate, follow the “Learn More” link by the workshop of interest, or contact the workshop PI (below).

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    Workshop Title Abstract Date & Location PI name and email Slide Report

    Designing Scalable Advanced Learning Ecosystems

    Building on successful online education programs that have offered Master’s degrees in computer science and analytics, Georgia Tech hosts a workshop for higher education administrators and researchers to establish components of Scalable Advanced Learning Ecosystems that can be applied across colleges and universities. The goal of Scalable Advanced Learning Ecosystems is to create educational experiences that can be scaled to growing populations of students while providing the personalized attention that has typically been the domain of unscalable individual, face-to-face teaching and advising. Read more…

    Nov. 29-30, 2018
    Atlanta, GA
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    Robert Kadel
    Georgia Tech

    (coming June 2)

    Designing STEM learning environments for individuals with disabilities

    The workshop is grounded on four research questions: (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? Read more…

    January 15-18, 2019
    Seattle, WA
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    Sheryl Burgstahler
    University of Washington

    (coming June 2)

    Principles for the design of digitally-distributed, studio-based STEM learning environments

    This workshop will bring together a community of collaborators from multiple stakeholder groups including academia, public libraries, museums, community based organizations, non-profits, media makers and distribution channels, and educators within and beyond K-12 schools. Led by the University of Arizona, and held at Biosphere 2, an international research facility, participants will engage in activities that invite experimentation with distributed learning technologies to examine ways to adapt learning to the changing technological landscape and create robust, dynamic online learning environments. Read more…

    February 25-28, 2019
    Oracle, AZ
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    Jill Castek
    University of Arizona

    (coming June 2)

    Weaving the Fabric of Adaptive STEM Learning Environments Across Domains and Settings

    The goal of this workshop is to articulate a transformative vision of future STEM learning for diverse learners across domains and settings. It forges a nexus among the emerging (a) sciences of learning, (b) assessment, and (c) big data to formulate frameworks and tools for designing STEM learning environments. Taking an equity-first approach for broadening participation through innovative designs, this project convenes interdisciplinary teams to produce a white paper proposing forward-looking digitally-augmented STEM environments that bridge formal and informal learning contexts and are responsive to the needs to every learner. Read more…

    March 14-15, 2019
    Stanford, CA
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    Roy Pea
    Stanford University

    (coming June 2)

    Research Priorities in Learning Analytics

    The workshop will bring together interdisciplinary experts to articulate the state-of-the-art and propose research priorities for learning analytics in the coming decade. A central theme will be to explore new ways to use powerful tools in data science (machine learning, social network analysis, analytics and visualization of complex data, temporal, multi-scale and statistical models, integration of heterogeneous data, data scrubbing, wrangling and provenance tracking, data privacy and cybersecurity) to define competence, measure it, and build it using a rich array of new approaches to study learning. Read more…

    March 18-19, 2019
    Ann Arbor, MI

    Stephanie Teasley
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor

    (coming June 2)

    Digital Science and Data Analytic Learning Environments at Small Liberal Arts Institutions

    The goal of the project is to convene a workshop that results in blueprint designs of next generation of digital learning environments to answer the question – How can science, technology, and mathematics digital learning environments be designed to enhance the digital science and data analytic skill competencies of learners at small liberal arts institutions of higher education? The research questions include: 1) How will the innovative digital learning environments prepare students for employment that requires data science and analytics? 2) How will the design of data science and analytics digital learning environments account for the variability of learners? 3) How will data be collected and learning environments assessed to measure students’ data science and analytics competency? 4) How will a national consortium form and function to sustain and expand the workshop outcomes? Read more…

    March 29-30, 2019
    Waukesha, WI
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    John Symms
    Carroll University

    (coming June 2)

    Digitally-Mediated Team Learning

    The workshop will advance the utilization and efficacy of next-generation learning architectures through a focus on instructional technologies that facilitate digitally-mediated team-based learning. Interdisciplinary science and engineering researchers, developers, and educators will identify near-term and future research directions to facilitate adaptable digital environments for highly-effective, rewarding, and scalable team-based learning. Read more…

    March 31-April 2, 2019
    Orlando, FL
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    Ronald DeMara
    University of Central Florida

    (coming June 2)

    Distributed Collaboration in STEM-Rich Project-Based Learning

    This project will convene a synthesis and design workshop on next generation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. It envisions a two-tier timeline that looks three years and then ten years into the future. One primary workshop topic involves design considerations for “boundary-crossing” project-based learning, by which students (middle school through college) collaborate on challenging STEM projects while they reside in different national, economic, cultural, and academic settings. Read more…

    May 13-14, 2019
    Malibu, CA
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    Eric Hamilton
    Pepperdine University

    (coming June 2)

    The Future of Embodied Design for Mathematical Imagination and Cognition

    The workshop will bring research scholars and classroom teachers together in order to achieve four central objectives: (1) synthesize current research into a coherent theory of embodied mathematical imagination and cognition, (2) identify the most promising opportunities for conceptual and methodological integration, (3) curate a set of evidence-based design principles for enhancing mathematics education and broadening participation in all STEM fields, and (4) articulate a future research agenda in the growing area of embodied cognition. Read more…

    May 20-22, 2019
    Madison WI
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    Mitchell Nathan
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    (coming June 2)