Welcome to the NASA-sponsored Classroom
of the Future's Virtual Design Center! Researchers at
the Classroom of the Future™ developed the Virtual
Design Center to provide other educational researchers
and educational technology designers with research-based
guidelines to help them design inquiry-based learning
activities. The main purposes of the Virtual Design
Center are to:
Create a resource that
stimulates the development of research-based learning
technologies and activities for scientific inquiry.
Share new knowledge
about how you can apply learning theories to learning
technologies and activities to promote scientific
inquiry in K-12 classrooms.
Help designers to align
their development with science and learning standards
and to meet NASA product review criteria.
Promote the design
of learning technologies and activities that support
literacy in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM) and inspire learners to pursue
GOAL. When you take part in the Virtual Design Center
process, you’ll go through six steps to develop a preliminary
design document. Your design document will describe an
inquiry-based activity that uses technology. You will follow
teaching and learning best practices that are supported by
research and align with science and learning standards.
YOUR TEAM AND WORK PLAN. If you are in the process of
forming your design team, consider bringing people with various
expertise. Having people on your team with the following
backgrounds can be especially helpful:
Any one individual might serve multiple roles on your team.
Depending on your needs, each team member can plan on spending
20-40 hours to complete the six steps. Once you send a request
to the Virtual Design Center, a facilitator will help your team
complete a work plan agreement for your project. Whether you
progress through the steps with the facilitator or on your own,
try to complete the deliverables as specified within your work
plan. Download the following document to start your work plan.
REQUEST FOR FACILITATION. To request a facilitator for
the Virtual Design Center steps, e-mail us at
email@example.com. In the subject header type "Request for
facilitation." Include the following in your message:
Your organization affiliation
The names of your team members
and their projected roles
Contact information for each
team member (e-mail addresses, phone numbers)
A brief description of the
Your preferred contact method
and a good time to contact you by phone
An estimated start date
Any questions you have (for
example, facilitation fees)
The facilitator will guide you through the steps and consult
with you after you submit each deliverable. We look forward to
helping you design your next inquiry-based learning activity.