Anytime, anywhere, anyone instruction: A tool for life-long learning

Teresa Piliouras, Pui Lam Yu, Xin Tian, Stephen Yu, Nadia Sultana, Jeanne Lauer, Lataya Berry

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This paper highlights the authors' experiences teaching high school students Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) and technology literacy skills. Productive learning is engendered by trust, safety, supportive interpersonal relationships between mentors and students, and adaptation of teaching style to match the students' frame of reference. These principles are incorporated in the design of an online learning program called Best We Can Be. We discuss how technology-aided instruction encourages students to explore subject matter beyond their comfort zone. This fosters students' natural curiosity about STEM topics, and helps overcome their anxiety about whether they will be able to learn the subject matter. In Best We Can Be, students participate in structured, hands-on activities illustrating the cross-fertilization of academic disciplines (e.g., bioethics, which encompasses social, health and biological sciences, humanities, law, etc.) and their interdependency in society. We examine technology's enablement of student interactions within secure networks of mentors, experts, and peers. We discuss transformative impacts of broadening student appreciation of the world of possibilities that await them in future educational and career paths. The ultimate goal is for students to become self-motivated, life-long productive learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISEC 2013 - 3rd IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference
StatePublished - 2013
Event3rd IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2013 - Princeton, NJ, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2013Mar 9 2013

Publication series

NameISEC 2013 - 3rd IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference


Other3rd IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPrinceton, NJ


  • College and career readiness
  • STEM
  • Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics
  • eLearning
  • online technology-aided instruction
  • productive learning
  • technology literacy
  • web-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering


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