There are six key themes that will shape the future of education technology, according to a recent report from the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning. They include the use of mobile, geospatial tools; classrooms as digital performance spaces; and the use of avatars and touchscreen interfaces, among others.
Cyberlearning researchers envision and investigate the future of learning with technology. As of summer 2017, the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (CFTL) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) had made 279 research grant awards. In addition, several hundred other NSF research projects have cyberlearning themes. Many of these cyberlearning projects are in the exploratory stage or aim at capacity building, consistent with the goal of expanding frontiers. These projects typically do not aim to produce market-ready products or prove efficacy. Rather, the early results are often proof-of-concept designs, along with relevant theoretical insights and advances in methods.