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Our group undertakes fundamental research related to the use, development, deployment, and assessment of cyber-tools and cyber-environments in engineering education.

Networked technologies that bring together advanced data collection, data analysis, visualization tools, and very refined user experiences are changing the research and education landscape in engineering and science. At the core of all this activity is the utilization of the network as the computing fabric for scientific discovery.

The recently released NSF Report entitled Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge argues for the instillation of a “platform perspective into […] cyberlearning programs.” The report states further that “of all the transformational catalysts brought by the Internet and the Web as technology infrastructures, perhaps the most fundamental is that innovation and entrepreneurs can draw upon shared interoperable services and platforms [emphasis in original]” (NSF, 2008, p. 23). While the field of engineering education has an active research agenda in cyber-enabled learning, the role of cyberinfrastructure in enabling fundamental research in engineering education that has the potential to address systemic problem of educating future engineers have not yet been clarified(see The Steering Committee of the National Engineering Education Research Colloquies (NEERC). (2006). The Research Agenda for the New Discipline of Engineering Education. Journal of Engineering Education, 95(4), 259-261).

Research in CI4ENE focuses on understanding the role of cyberinfrastructure within the larger framework of engineering education research within the US and internationally.