ASU-Led Online Portal Advances Digital Learning in Earth and Space Sciences

April 13, 2022

Arizona State University Exploration Education Center (ETX Center) announced the launch of “infiniscope 2.0, the next generation of a NASA-funded online platform that is transforming K-16 learning in earth and space sciences.

Infiniscope develops and deploys innovative digital learning experiences that promote STEM education and creative tools that empower educators to harness educational technology as they see fit.

ASU’s Project Infiniscope is transforming K-16 learning in earth and space sciences.
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“ASU is designed to leverage technology and innovation to meet learners where they are with high-quality learning opportunities,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “Infiniscope 2.0 represents a new chapter in our efforts to imagine, create and deliver cutting-edge technologies to educate more learners at scale.”

This project, created by experts from ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, offers AI-guided, inquiry-focused activities designed around NASA-derived simulations and virtual field tours. It also provides a technology platform that allows educators to collaborate, create, and customize their own digital learning activities in ways informed by what research shows to be most effective. Launched in 2018, Infiniscope joins a network of over 4,500 educators, serving tens of thousands of learners, and is growing rapidly.

“One of NASA’s goals in this post-pandemic world is to create opportunities for better digital learning solutions that meet the collective needs of educators, scientists, and lifelong learners. The collection Infiniscope 2.0 is a breathtaking achievement and a joy to explore,” said NASA Director Kristen Erickson Scientific activation (SciAct).

Infiniscope 2.0 is the result of a multi-million dollar investment by NASA SciAct in a technology partnership between the ETX Center and the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University.

“This partnership has far-reaching goals to improve STEM education by empowering educators in a variety of ways, from providing sophisticated digital learning experiences, to providing tools and trainings to them. allowing them to create their own advanced digital content that meets the needs of their students. know better,” said the president’s professor Ariel Anbar, director of the ETX center.

“Growing the community of educators by applying insights from learning research is central to OLI’s mission,” said Norman Bier, director of the Open Learning Initiative. “I am especially excited to have this chance to help more science educators integrate evidence-based practices and technologies into their teaching. »

Key features of the portal include a searchable and sortable virtual home, exploratory activities specifically designed to showcase data from NASA and subject matter experts, adaptive feedback, personalized journeys that meet the needs of individual learners, and exploratory activities such as simulations and virtual field trips. which promote “learning by doing” – a hallmark of the ETX Center philosophy of “education through exploration”.

Science educators are excited about Infiniscope because it brings science to life.

“Infiniscope content is rich. It contextualizes the opportunities for students to solve problems, make sense of things, and really understand what’s going on,” said Craig Sipes, the STEAMRepresents science, technology, engineering, arts and media. local district coordinator east of the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of more than 3,000 schools and districts nationwide where Infiniscope is used.

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But Infiniscope is not just an internet portal. It is the gateway to an innovative new teaching community centered on a digital platform that enables a community of educators to collaborate, create, personalize and share next-generation exploratory activities, and not just to use what already exists.

This new version of Infiniscope is built on a new foundation of open source technology, which keeps costs low and makes it easier for teachers to stay in control of what they create.

“Infiniscope 2.0’s open source design means we can provide a stable platform for educators that won’t be sold or go away,” said Jessica Swan, who is the program manager of the ETX Center for Teaching Communities. “Educators are often concerned that free, high-quality digital resources will remain accessible to the general public. We respond directly to this concern.

The ETX Center-Open Learning Initiative partnership is facilitated by Argos Educationa new venture to transform the way technology is used for education, and in Unicon, an educational software development company. Argos helped develop, host and support the new open source technology stack.

“Argos Education is an end-to-end learning experience platform and courseware marketplace, where educators and their collaborators can create distinctive educational experiences and deliver them in ways that are perfectly tailored to their learners,” said Curtiss Barnes, co-founder. and CEO of Argos Education. “The Infiniscope community of educators is a wonderful example of the kind of sharing and creativity we encourage.”

Teachers interested in learning more about Infiniscope are invited to join the community. As new features roll out in the coming months, they will be able to bring their own adaptive lessons to the network, as well as register their students to see the different paths they take during an activity.

“Infiniscope 1.0 has taught us that there is untapped demand among the most dynamic educators,” Anbar said. “When it comes to using technology in their teaching, they don’t just want to use the kind of great experiences that modern platforms can provide. They also want to create great experiences. With Infiniscope 2.0, we aim to meet this demand and transform STEM education as we do.

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