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Cyberinfrastructure Capabilities and Limitations

The evolving cyberinfrastructure for education provides immediate access to a growing network of content, people, and data, which are all distributed through time and space. Content in the cyberinfrastructure for education is provided by access to a wide variety of repositories of high-quality, free, online resources for teaching and learning, called open educational resources (OER), learning objects, or online learning resources. These resources include innovative curricula and teacher-created lesson plans as well as interactive tools such as visualizations and simulations using real-world data sets.

When enhanced with social software, tools, and services, the cyberinfrastructure becomes a collaborative network of people not bounded by geography, time, or context. This network brings together participants and stakeholders from various educational communities, including teachers, students, parents, researchers, and content developers. ...

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