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This Group builds on and proposes to sustain the conversations that have taken place in convenings on media-related STEM learning, including the CAISE Media Convenings in July 2011 and March 2012, as well as the Open Space discussions at the recent PI meeting. Our goal is to understand and leverage the rapid changes in media and technology today to improve informal STEM learning. Our goal is to be inclusive rather than exclusive, because media and technology today have the potential to intersect with and enhance every form of informal science education. So we include traditional mass media, short and long-form television, radio, film, large format and digital media. We also include online learning platforms, computer-based games, social media, affinity spaces and mobile technologies. We hope the discussion will inform the application of these technologies to museums, zoos and science centers, just as the development of new types of interactive technologies in these spaces, such as immersive 3D, is informing other media applications. Content from the existing site at www.caisemedia.org will be added here in the coming weeks.
How do we know that informal STEM learning happens? Where's the evidence to support our impact? What are the design principles underlying effective practice? What's the best way to conceptualize, support, and measure learning in different learning environments and with different audiences? The Building Informal Science Education (BISE) project seeks to help the field access, understand, and learn from prior work. BISE is a NSF-funded collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Visitor Studies Association. We've spent the last few years diving deep into the evaluation reports that have been uploaded to informalscience.org in order begin to understand what the field can learn from such a rich resource. To date, BISE has produced an extensive coding framework, coded 521 reports, and commissioned five synthesis papers. We are now working to integrate some of our coding into the new informalscience.org website and exploring ways to make our NVivo database freely available for others to conduct their own analyses.
This Group has been created to document and share inputs, discussions, and other resources for the 2014 AISL PI Meeting in Washington, DC. Scroll down to the Group Documents section to find important documents related to the meeting, such as the draft agenda and information about poster sessions. Information about breakout session topic threads will be posted in the Group Forum as it becomes available. To turn off notifications when people post to the Group, click on the "Forum Subscriptions" link on the Group Home page. Please click the "send email to organizer" button to ask a question about how to use the Group.
This group is to document the Science Learning+ event that took place at the National Science Foundation (NSF) on May 23rd, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM ET. The notes are available to anyone who is interested in accessing them. Please visit the group forum for discussion notes and links to relevant resources. More information about Science Learning+ can be found in the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) solicitation.