eLearning in Space


The "eLearning in Space" project will explore what methodologies, resources, delivery systems, and technology will be advantageous to provide an optimum learning environment in space.


As we increase the frequency and length of space missions, we need to define the learning needs of planetary settlements and recognize the necessary methodologies and learning systems in order to ensure their success.


We will have the resources to accomplish our deliverables. There will be resources and expertise available to accomplish our objectives. There will be time to create and demonstrate our deliverables.


Three science fiction short stories about e-learning in Planetary Settlements.

One professional paper in the education domain.

One simulation of the time delays and the educational experience.


Unearthing: A story based on Port of Mars

Creative Storyteller, Patrick Rivers, wrote a sci-fi series titled Unearthing, which is framed as diary entries from a settler on Mars. The stories will also be featured in a simulated Mars habitat on a 'SolarSPELL' device by the 5 Senses in Space team of the Interplanetary Initiative.

Read stories 

Communication to Mars

How can we thrive as human beings in remote places within the current communication infrastructure? Listen to Kathryn Powell, planetary scientist, as she explains some of the limitations we face in building learning environments off-planet.

Watch video


Learn about Judy Lyon's Bloom's taxonomy analysis and the five learning realms.

Read analysis 

Team members

Cady Coleman
ASU University Explorer,  Chemist, a former United States Air Force officer, a former NASA astronaut and an advocate for inclusion in STEM and STEAM. She is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions and a six-month expedition to the International Space Station.  Her specialties include robotics, spacewalking and science. 

Robert LiKamWa
Assistant professor at Arizona State University across the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME), Director of Meteor Studio at ASU, specializes in augmented reality and virtual reality systems and software frameworks.

Mary Loder
Instructional design specialist at ASU Online and within special projects at EdPlus at ASU. Programs of focus at ASU Online include the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering (IFT, SER, GIT, TEM), the School of Politics and Global Studies, the School of Social Transformation, and the Department of Physics. 

Judie Lyon
Ph.D. Ed in Curriculum Design and Instructional Innovation specializes in the exploratory learning method, an active member of the II since inception. Judie is a former faculty member and administrator as well as an entrepreneur in information technology. Judie is a member of the ASU Women & Philanthropy organization and is a volunteer on the II Initiative. 

Joe O'Rourke
Assistant Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, is a planetary scientist who studies the geophysical factors that influence the habitability of rocky worlds over time.

Kathryn Powell
Planetary Scientist, is a postdoctoral research scholar and faculty in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, interests include visible and near-infrared spectroscopy, thermal infrared spectroscopy and thermophysics, Martian surface processes, and planetary exploration. She also works on operations for the Curiosity Mars rover.

Bruce Baikie 
Adjunct Faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and holds degrees in engineering from Michigan Tech and computer science from Georgia Tech. Bruce's main focus is off-grid digital libraries with the ASU SolarSPELL Initiative and the implementation of off-grid digital libraries in Africa and the South Pacific. Other roles include leading ASU student groups working on computer science capstone projects, satellite sensing for agricultural libraries, and a nursing and midwifery library for East Africa.

Tina Sindwani
Undergraduate student and communication assistant for the project. Passionate about space exploration, sustainability, and STEM education. The Director for an international STEM communication organization called The Scientific Teen, which is in the process of being registered as a non-profit.

Patrick Rivers

Patrick (PJ) Rivers
Undergraduate student and creative storyteller for the project. Experience in writing, acting, directing, editing and producing, both independently and through Arizona State University. Co-founder and creative director of Waver Films LLC, which produces both narrative film and television along with commercial ventures such as mitigation videos.

Priya Borah

Priya Borah
SolarSPELL Initiative Intern

Ashley Tse
SolarSPELL Initiative Intern

Creative consultants

Eric Prosser
Engineering and Entrepreneurship Librarian
ASU Library

Lance Gharavi
Assistant Director of Theatre
Associate Professor at ASU
Creator, Port of Mars

Ed Finn
Asc Professor (SFIS) and Director of
Center for Science and the Imagination
Academic Director, Future Tense

Sara Jordan
Library Specialist

Janice Hermer
Health Sciences Liaison Librarian
ASU Library

Kat Thorlin
Library Specialist

Rachel Martinez
STEM Librarian
ASU Library

Wes Edens
Social Science Division Liaison Librarian
ASU Library