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Topic Areas

We invite you to help write pages for the cyberlearning topic areas listed below. Our aim is to develop definitions that are strong enough to show the direction of the field but open enough to allow for innovation (see Defining Cyberlearning, below). If you have expertise in any of these areas and would like to be involved in editing these pages, please email to request a wiki account.

The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) project is also defining key TEL topics

Defining Cyberlearning

Existing definitions of cyberlearning are broad; for example, “learning that is mediated by networked computing and communications technologies” (NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning, 2008, p. 10). A related, more expansive definition of a vision is

Cyberlearning offers new learning and educational approaches via networked computing and communication technologies, and the possibility of redistributing learning experiences over time and space. Our scope incorporates the entire range of learning experiences over the course of a lifetime—not only formal education, not only in classes, but throughout the waking hours. (Bransford, Vye, Stevens et al., 2006)

Our understanding and starting point for the definitions of Cyberlearning topics in this Wiki include:

To learn more about previous work in the Cyberlearning field, see the Cyberlearning Foundational Work.


Bransford, J. D., Vye, N., Stevens, R., Kuhl, P., Schwarz, D., Bell, P., Meltzoff, A., Barron, B., Pea, R. D., Reeves, B., Roschelle, J. & Sabelli, N. (2006). Learning theories and education: Toward a decade of synergy. In Alexander, P. & Winne, P. (Eds.), Handbook of Education Psychology. Mahwah, N.J., Erlbaum: 209-244.

Previous work includes:

NSF Cyberinfrastructure Council (2007). Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery. Arlington, VA: NSF. [1]

NSF Task Force on CyberLearning (2008). Fostering learning in the networked world: The cyberlearning opportunity and challenge. Washington, DC: NSF. [2]

U.S Department of Education (2010). National Education Technology Plan 2010: Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. Washington DC: U.S Department of Education Office of Technology. [3]

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