Don’t miss out on upcoming NSF proposal opportunities for Cyberlearning researchers, which include both a cyberlearning competition in January as well as opportunities within other existing programs. Overall, the prospects for cyberlearning research are vibrant. Recent awards have been made, and we anticipate another PI meeting sometime in 2019. CIRCL is always available to help you with your ideas for a proposal. Further, by submitting a cyberlearning-related idea to the NSF Idea Machine, you can grow the funding available to our community; let CIRCL know if you’d like our help in polishing and submitting an idea. To grow our community, also take a second to forward this newsletter to your colleagues and graduate students and ask them to subscribe.
Many congratulations this month:
- Wow! Micki Chi won the Rumelhart Prize for challenging basic assumptions about the mind and defining new approaches that have shaped a generation of cognitive and learning scientists. Read her recent Best Paper Award winner in JLS, too.
- A warm welcome to Karen Marrongelle, who will lead NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate.
- Victor Lee published a new book, Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences.
- And congrats to the winners of recent Cyberlearning awards, listed below.
- Special thanks to those who wrote new content for the CIRCL website, listed below. We are always open to new submissions of primers, perspectives, spotlights, and others ways to publicize your project accomplishments. Stay tuned for an announcement later this year about our new Rapid Community Reports series.
Can you tell us about Learner Positioning Systems (LPS)?
Technology enables personalization and personalized learning, obviously, but what we need to understand is what are the key areas that can vary about how an individual learns, and how knowing that can impact specific outcomes. That’s actually where you gain a lot of leverage by personalizing, right? There are many different approaches you can take around pedagogy and strategies, but I felt there wasn’t enough that built off an understanding of the whole child learner and using that as your center of gravity for design. With LPS, we’re building research-based models that leverage technology and learning science to have a bigger impact in education. What’s unique about LPS is the framing of learner variability and what we know about a specific learner––it maps key factors that kids vary on with how they learn. Currently, we have detailed, research-based models of critical variables that impact learning success for grades preK-2 math, pk-3 reading, and 4-6 literacy. Our first push is with product developers, to incentivize them to develop increased research-based supports that address the variability in all learners. Read more of Vic’s Perspective.
NSF has several funding opportunities you might consider in the next 6 months. Also, keep a lookout for a new EHR Core Research (ECR) solicitation — the learning environments focus is a great place for cyberlearning projects in the next post-exploratory phase.
NSF also needs you to help create the Big Ideas of the future: The NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition invites bold, original concepts to keep the United States at the forefront of innovation. Submit your Big Idea by October 26, 2018.
|NSF Program/Opportunity||Due Date|
STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)
Now through June 3, 2019 (reviewed on a rolling basis)
Deadlines vary; submit by the due date of the applicable funding opportunities listed in the DCL
October 1, 2018
October 2, 2018 for LARGE and MEDIUM projects, November 15, 2018 for Small Projects
October 15, 2018
October 15, 2018
Deadlines vary; submit by the due date of the applicable funding opportunities listed in the DCL
November 7, 2018
Discovery Research K‐12 (DRK-12)
|November 14, 2018|
January 14, 2019
Now through January 16, 2019 (reviewed on a rolling basis)
February 5, 2019
Register for Data Science Education Webinars sponsored by the Concord Consortium: Bringing Data Science to Middle School Students by Andee Rubin on September 24 and Getting Personal with Big Data by Jennifer Kahn on October 25.
Register for Future of AI in Education and Training webinars sponsored by Alelo and SIIA on topics including: Can AI Help Us Create More Inclusive Education and Society? By Kaśka Porayska-Pomsta (September 19/20), Can Intelligent Orchestration Systems Help Face-to-Face Classroom Teachers Integrate Small-Group, Individual and Whole-Class Work? by Kurt Vanlehn (October 3/4), Beyond Academics: Intelligent Mentoring Systems for Career Success by Ran Liu (October 17/18), and Analytics and Mining Methods to Understand Students Learning Behaviors in Open-Ended Learning Environments by Gautam Biswas (October 31/November 1) — and listen to past webinars.
AERA invites education research conference proposals for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. Proposals are due September 28.
The AERA Grants Program invites proposals for both its Dissertation Grants and Research Grants. With support from NSF the AERA Grants Program provides dissertation grants to graduate students and small research grants to doctoral level scholars using large-scale data sets in their research. Proposals are due October 17.
Learn about Professional Learning Through Micro-credentials especially on the topic of learner variability in a webinar by Jennifer Kabaker and Mary Ann Wolf on September 24.
The IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee is working to standardize terminology used to describe Adaptive Instructional Systems (AIS) through the AIS Study Group. This group meets via telecom biweekly on Thursdays at 10 am ET, and a face-to-face meeting is planned in Silicon Valley on October 30-31. Sign up to receive updates and to participate!
The University of Washington invites applications for two tenure-track positions in Learning Sciences and Human Development (LSHD): An Assistant/Associate Professor in Adolescent Development Within & Across Contexts and an Assistant Professor in Community/Civic Engagement as Social Transformation. Review of applications begins October 1.
The Robert F. Tinker Fellows program aims to promote innovation, creativity, and cross-disciplinary conversations for STEM teaching and learning. Organized as a residency program, the fellowship brings individuals to the Concord Consortium to spark new ideas. Application deadline: October 1.
Tufts University invites applications for the McDonnell Family Bridge Professorship in STEM Education Research. The successful candidate will be appointed as a tenured professor in both the School of Engineering and the School of Arts & Sciences, and will help lead the newly-formed Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI). Review of applications will begin on November 2.
The NC State College of Education invites applications and nominations for the Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovation. The inaugural Goodnight professor will hold an appointment in one of the three departments in the college and will be affiliated through scholarship and research with the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.
Check out the new CIRCL Primer: Virtual Reality in Educational Settings by Britte Cheng and Cynthia D’Angelo. Why/how might VR help learners? This primer gives research-based insights into this technology. A recent overview of practices that engage underrepresented groups in science and engineering is available in CIRCL Primer: Broadening Youth Participation in Computer Science & Engineering by Judi Fusco & Patti Schank.
Check out videos of keynote talks at Crossroads 2018, a conference on computer science and maker education with a focus on equity and inclusion. Infosys Foundation USA, which sponsored the conference, spotlights work to bridge the digital divide, and recently announced their C3 Grant winners.
The Educators Corner blog (circleducators.org), sponsored by CIRCL, aims to bridge cyberlearning research with classroom practice and broaden the community of people involved in CIRCL. We’re excited to announce the new look of our blog, and the latest post for cyberlearning educators by Angie Kalthoff and Pati Ruiz on What is Pseudocode. Follow CIRCLEducators on twitter for updates.
A sample of new projects with a cyberlearning theme funded by the NSF Cyberlearning program and programs across NSF.
Recent NSF Cyberlearning awards:
- Collaborative Research: CSEdPad: Investigating and Scaffolding Students’ Mental Models during Computer Programming Tasks to Improve Learning, Engagement, and Retention, funded by CFLT, S-STEM, Core R&D. PIs: Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh; Vasile Rus, University of Memphis. Co-PI: Scott Fleming
- EAGER: Leveraging Behavioral and Physiological Feedback in the Design of Affect-Sensitive Distance Learning, funded by CFLT. PI: Lauren Wilcox, Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Co-PIs: Elizabeth DiSalvo, David Joyner, Thomas Ploetz
- Human/AI Co-Orchestration of Dynamically-Differentiated Collaborative Classrooms, funded by CFLT & STEM+C. PI: Vincent Aleven, Carnegie-Mellon University, Co-PI: Nikol Rummel
- Leverage Augmented Reality for Safety Education in the Logistics Industry, funded by CFLT. PI: Xu Xu, North Carolina State University, Co-PIs: Karen Chen, Tianfu Wu, Jing Feng
- ROBO-VI: A Virtual-Internship-Based Hybrid Learning Technology to Prepare Traditional and Non-Traditional Students to Work with Collaborative Robots, funded by CFLT. PI: Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Co-PI: Andrew Ruis, David Shaffer
- Signing Avatars & Immersive Learning (SAIL): Development and Testing of a Novel Embodied Learning Environment, funded by CFLT. PI: Lorna Quandt, Gallaudet University, Co-PI: Melissa Malzkuhn
- Synthesis and Design Workshop: Designing STEM learning environments for individuals with disabilities, funded by STEM+C. PI: Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington
- Synthesis and Design Workshop: Research Priorities in Learning Analytics, funded by STEM+C. PI: Stephanie Teasley, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Co-PI: Rada Mihalcea
- Synthesis and Design Workshop: Digital Science and Data Analytic Learning Environments at Small Liberal Arts Institutions, funded by STEM+C. PI: John Symms, Carroll University, Co-PI: Jane Hopp
Recent cyberlearning-themed awards across NSF:
- Collaborative Research: Developing and Assessing Educational Simulations to Enhance Cyber Security Learning in Computer Science Programs, funded by IUSE. PIs: Xiaohong Yuan, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University; Jinghua Zhang, Winston-Salem State University. Co-PIs: Jinsheng Xu, Elva Jones
- Collaborative Research: Improving Representational Competence by Engaging with Physical Modeling in Foundational STEM Courses, funded by IUSE. PIs: Eric Davishahl, Whatcom Community College; Todd Haskell, Western Washington University. Co-PI: Lee Singleton
- Collaborative Research: Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in Mathematics With Open Software and Textbooks, funded by IUSE. PIs: Vilma Mesa, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; Thomas Judson, Stephen F. Austin State University; Susan Lynds, University of Colorado at Boulder; Robert Beezer, American Institute of Mathematics. Co-PIs: David Farmer, Kent Morrison
- Computer-Assisted Video Analysis Methods for Understanding Underrepresented Student Participation and Learning in Collaborative Learning Environments, funded by STEM+C, AISL, Core R&D Programs. PI: Marios Pattichis, University of New Mexico, Co-PIs: Carlos LopezLeiva, Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis
- Developing Integrated Teaching Platforms to Enhance Blended Learning in STEM, funded by IUSE. PI: Collin Lynch, North Carolina State University, Co-PIs: Sarah Heckman, Tiffany Barnes
- Engaging Non-Science Majors in Authentic Research through Citizen Science, funded by IUSE. PI: Laura Trouille, Adler Planetarium, Co-PIs: Alison Haupt, David Meyer
- Using Virtual Humans in 360-degree Immersive Digital Sites to Practice Communication Skills within Complex Spatiotemporal Contexts, funded by IUSE. PI: Masoud Gheisari, University of Florida, Co-PIs: Benjamin Lok, Pasha Antonenko, R. Raymond Issa
The new book Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences, edited by Victor R. Lee and Abigail L. Phillips, brings together cases and models developed by experts in the information and learning sciences to identify the potential for libraries to adapt and transform in the wake of new technologies for connected learning and discovery.
The latest Special Issue of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, A Critical Examination of the Next Generation Science Standards, edited by Troy Sadler and David Brown, examines the NGSS framework and its effects, informed by evidence and theory.
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CIRCL is supported by NSF grants IIS-1233722, IIS-1441631, and IIS-1556486. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.