CIRCLS’21: Remake “Broadening” in Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Remake Broadening CIRCLS21 Convening September 13 and 14, 2021



Learning technology researchers have long spoken of broader horizons, broad teamwork, broadening participation, broader impacts, and more. Our theme engaged with the importance of thinking critically and strategically about the meaning of “broad” as our field conducts future-oriented research on learning and teaching technologies. Our prior CL19 convening revealed WHY broadening the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within our research projects is so important. CIRCLS’21 provided multiple, highly interactive opportunities for attendees to work together on HOW the field can make stronger progress by examining and remaking “broad” and lead to greater impacts?

This document is a visual summary using linked up words and pictures to tell a story and record some of the key messages. The visual language is cartoons so some of the words are part of scenes or dialogue between depicted characters. Focus text includes, Identity is important, Give access a place at the table and a voice, BLM, How to educate the educators, You must invest. Do the workThis document is a visual summary using linked up words and pictures to tell a story and record some of the key messages. The visual language is cartoons so some of the words are part of scenes or dialogue between depicted characters. Focus text includes: Our Storyline: Convene RETTL community; 1. meet colleagues, 2. share expertise, 3. Envision collaboratively. Strategies for broadening. And our theory of Action: Meet and Belong, Participate; Interact, Advance Share