CSCL Opportunities and Challenges in the Context of the US National Educational Technology Plan

Time: Friday, July 8, 09:00-10:00
Location: Hui Pun Hing Lecture Theatre, Library Extension Building, The University of Hong Kong

  • Prof. Roy PeaRoy Pea is David Jacks Professor of Education and the Learning Sciences at Stanford University, and Director of the H-STAR Institute (Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research). He served as President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences, is a Fellow of the National Academy of Education, AERA and the Association for Psychological Science, and co-founded Teachscape, a company providing K-12 teacher professional development with online communities using web-based video studies of standards-based teaching. His widely published research addresses how innovations in computing and communications technologies can influence learning, thinking, collaboration, and educational systems. He is Co-Director of the NSF-funded LIFE Center whose studies seek to inform better bridging of the sciences and practices of informal and formal learning (

In November 2010, the US Secretary of Education released the National Educational Technology Plan for the United States, which presented a model of 21st century learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five integrated areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. The NETP also identified a set of Grand Challenge Problems which should be tackled in large-scale, long-term, coordinated research within and beyond the US that could help make this vision a reality. As one member of the Technical Working Group that researched and wrote this NETP document, I welcome the opportunity to reflect on the radical nature of its fundamental ideas, the integrated nature of our recommendations for these five areas, and how the national policy environment and private-public partnerships are influencing its implementation in the United States. Global work on the Grand Challenge Problems would be desirable yet we lack coordinating bodies and mechanisms.

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