Digital Learning Sciences is dedicated to improving learning through the use of digital content and tools. We develop systems and services that enable science and educational organizations – universities, school districts, libraries, and publishers – to organize, manage, comprehend, and enrich online resources to improve learning outcomes and learner engagement.

Digital Learning Sciences is a joint center of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Community Programs and the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Drawing on the strengths of these institutions, our research and development team represents expertise in computer science, cognitive science, science education, user-centered design, evaluation, and machine learning/natural language processing. DLS and the NCAR Library are the two entities of UCAR’s Integrated Information Services (IIS).

Recent Partners

American Geological Institute (AGI)

Digital Learning Sciences is collaborating with AGI, It’s About Time/Herff Jones Publishing, and the Denver Public Schools district to transform middle and high school Earth science curriculum developed by AGI - Investigating Earth Systems and EarthComm - into concept-driven, interactive teachers’ guides. AGI is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other Earth scientists.

Colorado Alliance for Research Libraries (the Alliance)

In collaboration with the Alliance, we have initiated a project that uses the National Science Digital Library NSDL Data Repository (NDR) to support collection management, content access, and content delivery within a distributed digital repository network. The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries is a consortium of ten institutions representing twelve major libraries located in Colorado and Wyoming, including the Denver Public Library and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Denver Public Schools (DPS)

To support the district’s science education initiatives, Digital Learning Sciences is collaborating with DPS, the American Geological Institute, and It’s About Time/Herff Jones Publishing to develop and evaluate concept-driven, interactive teachers’ guides. These Guides will be deployed through the district portal to provide scalable, online professional development and to foster the development of professional learning communities. The Denver Public School district serves nearly 74,000 students at 151 schools.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

Management and technical consulting is being provided to GLOBE; a worldwide, hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. Funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, GLOBE is a partnership between the United States and over 100 countries that manage and support their unique national and regional program infrastructure and activities.

National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Digital Library (NSDL)

Through our partnership with NSDL, we are providing tools and services based on the NSDL Data Repository (NDR), which is built on Fedora. We are developing an NSDL Collection System to enable collection builders to develop, curate, and share collections of educational resources managed in the NDR. In addition, the Strand Map Service, developed via the partnership with AAAS Project 2061, has been deployed in to help K-12 teachers and learners to browse library collections using interactive concept maps and to locate digital resources that support important science concepts. The National Science Digital Library was established by the National Science Foundation in 2000 to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The Digital Library for Earth System Education, currently operated by DLS, is the “Geoscience node” of the NSDL.

Project 2061 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Digital Learning Sciences has been collaborating with AAAS to make the learning goals published in the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the strand maps published in the Atlas of Science Literacy (AAAS Project 2061) available to users of DLESE and NSDL. Interactive concept maps, dynamically generated from these sources, enable educators and learners to explore research-based scientific concepts and find resources to guide teaching and learning of those concepts. AAAS is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. Project 2061 is dedicated to advancing literacy in science, mathematics, and technology.

Past Partners

  • Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence
  • Columbia University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
  • The Geosciences Network (GEON)
  • Incorporated Research Institituions for Seismology (IRIS)
  • Linked Environments for Atmospheric Discovery (LEAD)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Syracuse University, Center for Natural Language Processing
  • University of California Museum of Paleontology
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • United States Geological Survey
  • WGBH