Rethinking Learning

We are reshaping the learning landscape by catalyzing innovation in lifelong, free-choice learning.

Rethinking Learning
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What is free-choice learning?

Free-choice learning is the learning that happens when people exercise significant choice and control over their learning. The Institute for Learning Innovation is working to change the way we define, understand, and support education and lifelong learning of the public. By focusing on free-choice learning, ILI researchers and developers are able to better understand and support the vast majority of learning opportunities that children and adults engage in across the spaces and times of their lives.

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Our Work

The Institute for Learning Innovation works in collaboration with organizations and communities around the globe to create a more informed, just, healthy, and sustainable world. Our research, professional learning efforts, and new educational materials are designed to broaden who has access to learning, expand where and when people learn, and extend the basic understanding of how people learn across their lifespan.

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Our Resources 

Looking for resources to further understand how people learn over their lifetime? Explore the Institute for Learning Innovation's collection of publications and projects, including white papers, articles, research studies, presentations, and much more.




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Why is INNOVATION in our name?

The world is changing, and so too is how we need to think about and support learning. The ways in which individuals and communities learn are as broad and varied as the population of learners. In the twenty-first century, learning needs to be personal and customized, and to happen whenever and wherever people need or want to learn. This is what we call free-choice-learning. By focusing on free-choice learning, the Institute for Learning Innovation is working to disrupt entrenched approaches to education, helping to expand the boundaries of how, where, when, and with whom people learn across their lifespan.

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OUR RECENT WORK

Science Hobbyists: Active Users of the Science-Learning Ecosystem

Science Hobbyists: Active Users of the Science-Learning Ecosystem


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Correlating Science Center Use With Adult Science Literacy: An International, Cross-Institutional Study

Correlating Science Center Use With Adult Science Literacy: An International, Cross-Institutional Study


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Characteristics of Lifelong Science Learners: An Investigation of STEM Hobbyists

Characteristics of Lifelong Science Learners: An Investigation of STEM Hobbyists


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OUR RECENT NEWS

Today, Lynn Dierking is visiting her alma mater, University of Florida, in Gainesville, as the kick-off speaker for a university-wide initiative called, “Building Dialogue About Collections…
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