CyberDiscovery Information for PSU Faculty
The CyberDiscovery core faculty team at PSU consists of six faculty (in addition to the PI and Co-PI, Drs. Lois Delcambre and Gerry Recktenwald). Core faculty will receive a summer stipend for their participation in the camp. Summer 2014 is the first of three CyberDiscovery Camps planned at PSU. This first summer, 2014, the camp will be taught by faculty from the National Integrated Cyber Education and Research Center (NICERC). PSU faculty will participate in and facilitate the camp. In subsequent years, PSU faculty will teach the camp. Note that there will likely be ways for other faculty (beyond the core team of six) to participate in the CyberDiscovery Camp and such faculty will also receive a stipend – appropriate for their level of involvement.
How many PSU faculty will be selected to be part of the team? The core faculty team at PSU will consist of six faculty members, in addition to the PI and Co-PI. There will also be an opportunity for additional faculty to participate in the CyberDiscovery Camp, in a more limited role.
What would I have to do – as a member of the core faculty team?
- Participate in two, day-long, Saturday, professional development workshops for the high school teachers (likely: April 5 and May 17). The professional development workshops will cover the material from the first two days of CyberDiscovery Camp. Workshops will be conducted by faculty from NICERC this spring. In subsequent years, you will be part of the PSU team that conducts the professional development workshops.
- (Optional): Several faculty from the PSU team will attend and observe a CyberDiscovery Camp at Louisiana Tech University during the second week of June 2014. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
- Participate in the CyberDiscovery Camp, from the afternoon of Monday, July 7 through the afternoon of Saturday, July 12. Faculty from the NICERC will conduct the CyberDiscovery Camp. You will be an active participant, assisting the NICERC faculty as well as assisting the high school teams, each consisting of two teachers and six students. In subsequent years, you will be part of the PSU faculty team that conducts the camp.
Will I receive any sort of financial support? The six core faculty members will each receive a stipend. The additional faculty will also receive a stipend, appropriate for the amount of their involvement in the camp.
Will I need to design the activities and instructional materials (i.e., the curriculum)? No. In 2014, the professional development workshops for the teachers and the CyberDiscovery Camp will be conducted by experienced faculty from the National Integrative Cyber Education and Research Center using a curriculum that they have developed.
Am I limited to using their curriculum and teaching the way they teach it in subsequent years? No. After 2014, faculty members can draw on their individual expertise and interests to enrich the basic curriculum provided by NICERC.
Why is this important? As described in “Studies in Cyberspace: Honors, Professional Teacher Development, Curricular Development, and Systemic Change in Louisiana” B. Etheridge, G. Turner, H. Tims, C. Duncan; Honors in Practice Vol. 6 (2010), pages 189-201):
Cybertechnology has permeated all aspects of our world, affecting how we access information, communicate ideas, interact with one another and the larger society, and carry out economic activities. As the world has become more connected, it has also become more vulnerable. Policymakers have scrambled for ways to define, articulate, and defend this new medium. In 2006, the Department of Defense’s doctrine entitled The National Military Strategy for Cyberspace Operations defined cyberspace as “a domain characterized by the use of electronics and the electromagnetic spectrum to store, modify, and exchange data via networked systems and associated physical infrastructures”. The scope of this expansive definition brings all manner of electronic devices into the realm of cyberspace and challenges policymakers, scientists, and educators to wrestle with both the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and traditionally “soft” (humanities and social sciences) aspects of this emerging field of study.
The CyberDiscovery Camp model is designed to develop and deepen partnerships between high schools and the university. The camp's philosophy is to provide high school teachers with the skills, knowledge, and resources to implement the subject matter in their classrooms as a basis for systemic improvement in selected educational areas. The teacher workshops, conducted by the university faculty, walk teachers through some of the projects and assignments that will be utilized in the camp. In this way, high school faculty are incorporated as part of the team and empowered to take an active role in the education of their students. The experience of the staff at NICERC has shown that fundamental topics in math, science, and the humanities in the context of cyberspace can be integrated into high school classes and facilitate the interaction of teachers and students, throughout the year. Based on their initiatives over the past decade, they have found university faculty to be the key to building the recruitment and retention efforts at the university level.
How can I find out more about this?
- Sign up for our mailing list.
- Attend one of the information sessions at PSU to hear more about the program from the National Integrative Center for Education and Research Center staff and the PSU PI/Co-PI. Location and time TBD.
- Apply to become a member of the PSU core faculty team by filling out a simple web form (coming soon).
- Participate in a short interview process with the National Integrative Center for Education and Research Center staff and the PSU PI/Co-PI in late February.