CIRCL Smart and Connected Communities for Learning: A Cyberlearning Innovation Lab

CIRCL Smart and Connected Communities for Learning: A Cyberlearning Innovation Lab


The Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning along with KnowInnovation will host a weeklong workshop to catalyze research concepts and partnerships to advance how technology can foster lifelong, lifewide learning across settings in communities. An application to participate in this workshop is now available on the CIRCL website, and the deadline to apply has been extended to March 1, 2016. 

The overall goal for this workshop is to stimulate research and development of Smart and Connected Communities for Learning. A successful smart and connected community for learning would demonstrate marked improvement in (a) participants’ awareness of opportunities in their locale for learning, (b) their ability to engage in and sustain related learning experiences in particular settings and across multiple places, and (c) their experience of their community as interconnected in support of learning.

Approximately 25-30 workshop invitees will be selected via an open application process, together representing a diversity of expertise and perspectives in computing, learning, and leading community programs. Attendees are expected to be early- and mid-career researchers with strong capabilities to form new teams to engage in this emerging area (senior researchers may serve as mentors). KnowInnovation will facilitate a creative, free-thinking environment where participants will immerse themselves in a collaborative process around important, complex ideas. The process involves identifying new challenges, discovering and developing breakthrough ideas, and building multidisciplinary teams. Multiple teams are expected to go on to apply to existing NSF competitions for early stage grants, such as Cyberlearning Capacity-building grants, EAGER grants, or Exploratory (EXP) grants, or to other NSF programs as appropriate. Approximately 6 invited mentors will guide the workshop participants, along with an expert facilitation team and selected provocateurs.

For more information and to apply, visit:

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016