Virtual Design Center
Researchers at the NASA Classroom of the FutureTM
(COTF) are developing the
Center to provide
research-based educational technology design guidelines.
Visit the CET Whats
Up page for current COTF happenings.
COTF streams NASA TV over the Internet. Visit our
NASA TV page for more information.
The COTF research team has four purposes:
- to help COTF product developers incorporate the
latest educational and psychological research findings into all aspects of
the instructional design process;
- to evaluate the effectiveness of COTF products for teaching
- to examine the impact of COTF products on students' attitudes towards
science, understanding of science concepts, and ability to solve complex,
real-world problems; and,
- to develop and test new theories related to cognitive psychology, active
learning methodologies and collaborative problem solving.
Much of COTF's research data is collected in
classrooms nationwide, using innovative measurement methods to assure
that COTF products meet national standards for science learning.
Research papers on COTF and other Center for Educational Technologies
programs are found at the CET