Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education: Conceptualizing and Assessing Web-based Informal Science Learning

Date: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 to Friday, June 30, 2006
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media
Audience: 
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | Technology
Organization:
University of Pittsburgh
Description: 

The Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh has designed a research project to examine the process of and outcomes of informal (out of school) web-based learning. "Conceptualizing and Assessing Web-based Informal Science Education" will be a three-year research study to document and analyze how the informal learner, both as an individual and in a social group, uses and learns from web-based activities. The PIs will also develop a framework and tools for evaluating informal web-based learning environments and guidelines for effective web-based learning activities. This research will use web sites developed by museums and that are complementary to exhibits in those museums. These sites are being selected because according to the PIs, "museums and other nonprofit developers are already going beyond traditional content to create true virtual informal learning environments." The outcomes of this research will include a better understanding of the cognitive and social processes that occur as learners engage in web-based activities; a framework and tools for evaluating informal web-based learning activities; and a web-based annotated bibliography relevant to this research.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
ISE/AISL
Award Number: 
0125652
Funding Amount: 
785615

Team Members

Kevin CrowleyPrincipal Investigator
Gaea LeinhardtGaea LeinhardtCo-Principal Investigator

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