On January 18, 2012, David Kanter participated in the Cyberlearning Research Summit at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has the potential to lead a new wave of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives through its Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program and its cross-cutting initiatives in cyberinfrastructure. To continue to lead in an increasingly crowded space of contributors from other agencies, corporations and interest groups, however, the community NSF funding fosters will need to realize the “transformative potential” called for. Realizing this transformative potential requires vision, strategy, engagement, talent and commitment to moving forward.
- Jennifer Frazier, Exploratorium
- David Kanter, NYSCI
- Matthew Easterday, Northwestern University
- Danny Edelson, National Geographic
- Curt Bonk, Indiana University
The Cyberlearning Research Summit is a high-profile gathering in Washington D.C., featuring top quality research-based speakers who will share visions for the future of learning with emerging technologies, in the style of the TED conferences. Building on those visions, participants will gather as birds-of-a-feather to crystallize a sense of the unique opportunities that should be the focus of the research community now. The summit seeks a community sense of how to couple the learning sciences with related fields of innovation to leverage new technology affordances for the deepest learning outcomes. Through the contributions of diverse participants, the summit seeks to exemplify the “transformative potential” of cutting edge research and development to dramatically advance learning – and is expected to be influential in identifying promising directions for advanced R&D efforts.
To facilitate collegial participation at the physical location of the summit, in-person attendance is limited. The talks will be webcast live on the day of the event, allowing a broader audience to watch and interact.