Dr. Brigid Barron, a social science researcher at Stanford University's School of Education, is studying GMRI's Vital Signs program to understand its impact on students' interests and learning. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she is developing case studies of middle school students and teachers who are part of the Vital Signs community. The goal is to develop a better understanding of how cyber-enabled education experiences that cross the boundary of school and community can transform learning. Educators, employers, and thought leaders across the globe are searching for ways to ensure that students develop 21st century skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving.
Barron commented, "This research is exciting because Vital Signs is a wonderful opportunity to develop case studies that represent pathways of engagement using online resources. It will inform new tools and designs to advance personalized learning for students and teachers."