When I mention my work with the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), people often ask, “So, what exactly is cyberlearning?” It’s a good question with a broad answer. Cyberlearning draws on a wide array of technologies, applications, and learning theories to create experiences that improve, foster, and assess learning. The field uses technology to make learning experiences work for specific disciplinary areas and for different populations, and its scope stretches far beyond K–12 to encompass lifelong learning or “K–Gray education.”
Interested in learning more? On October 3 and 4, Digital Promise—which leads CIRCL—EDC, and SRI International will co-host “Cyberlearning 2019: Exploring Contradictions in Achieving Equitable Futures” in Alexandria, VA, our fifth convening of the cyberlearning community. In-person registration is closed, but all are welcome to join in virtually—register here for Cyberlearning 2019 webcasts—and use #NSFCL19 to dive into our online discussions on Twitter.
Whether or not you’ll be able to join the webcasts, I encourage you to explore CIRCL’s website. An important part of CIRCL’s mission is to share cutting-edge work in cyberlearning far beyond the cyberlearning community. On the CIRCL website, you’ll find these features:
- Perspectives: Read the fascinating stories of researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs, museum staff, and others in the cyberlearning community. They are passionate about their work, and they explain why it’s so important to them.
- Primers: Browse through a collection of brief summaries on key topics in the field of cyberlearning. The primers are fast to digest—short, engaging, and informative.
- Resources: Explore all of the resources that CIRCL has produced, including the Cyberlearning Community Report co-edited by Wendy Martin, a long-time member of EDC’s CIRCL team, along with Joyce Malyn-Smith and myself.
EDC Managing Project Director Sarita Pillai is a co-principal investigator of the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning and the principal investigator of EDC’s STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR).