Xiaozhong Liu, Indiana University Bloomington
Noriko Hara, Indiana University Bloomington
Michelle Kazmer, Florida State University
Mega Subramaniam, University of Maryland, College Park
Michael Twidale, University of Illinois
In the past decades, the emerging web technologies significantly impact learning and education settings. A number of web-based applications, e.g. Wikipedia, MOOC and social media tools, are revolutionizing the way that students access, consume and understand the complex scientific content in an educational environment. For instance, some contend that cyberlearning tools represent a disruptive technology that can transform educational practices, and many universities are mining online education resources to offer massively MOOCs. As another example, among the emerging web technologies impacting learning settings today, wikis stand out as one that epitomizes the transformation from an instructor-centered world to a more learner-centered one. With their knowledge generation, collaboration, and editing capabilities, wikis can be empowering tools for education. Despite the promise of a more efficient personalized learning experience, however, many instructors and students traversing this landscape of cyberinfrastructure-enabled open education have difficulty finding high quality and relevant resources. For instance, in a recent study, graduate students claimed that complex models, formulas, and methods in the readings were too difficult to understand because of their limited knowledge in computer science and mathematics, and they found, currently, few existing systems/online tools could efficiently help them.
In this panel, we will propose a number of key challenges, opportunities and applications of education in the cyberlearning era, from both learner and instructor perspectives.