Lynn Kicks Off UF’s “Building Dialogue around Collections: Libraries, Museums, and Museum Studies”

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 with Museum Educators and Libraries.” This project’s goal is to formalize a community of practice among UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries, the Florida Museum of Natural History (where Lynn conducted her dissertation research on families), and the Hart Art Museum. The focus of project dialogue will be around collections, including conversations about access to collections, presentation and exhibition spaces and the impact of collections on research, learning, campus, and community inclusivity. Lynn will discuss: (1) the importance of collection access, presentation & exhibition spaces, all through the lens of trends in libraries and museums; (2) …

LEAP Week – Research into ‘Leap into Science’

Today is the last day of Leap into Science’s #LEAPWeek. We’ve enjoyed reading about and looking at the great LEAP into Science work of all our project partners, including the kick of a National Leadership Institute for the second cohort of expansion sites. ILI is excited to be share how we are leading the LEAP National research efforts, examining how science interest develops for families with young children who attend Leap programs. We believe the findings from this study will inform our understanding of whether, and if so, how Leap into Science programs support long-term science interest. With this goal in mind, ILI has been set out the following questions: How and to what extent is family science interest sparked, reinforced and/or …

Hiring Announcement: Communications Manager [CLOSED]

The Institute for Learning Innovation seeks an experienced, dynamic self-starter to lead our research communications and public relations efforts as we work together to dramatically change the world of education and learning. We are seeking someone with the ability to transform our experts’ knowledge of research and practice into exciting and compelling messages that can be disseminated in ways that help us change the way the public and policymakers think about where learning happens, why it happens, and who has access to learning tools and resources. As a well-established and highly-regarded research think tank in the field of free-choice learning, the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) is working to build our public profile; our online presence and our visibility in …

Towards a 21st Century Approach to Science Education Policy

Leading science educators from 9 South and Southeastern Asian countries and the U.S. met for three days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (October 4-6, 2017) in an effort to rethink and re-envision science education in the 21st Century. The attendees of this U.S. National Science Foundation-funded international conference reaffirmed the G8-Science Academies Joint Statement (2011) that education in science must be targeted not only to future scientists, engineers and other specialists in government and industry, but also to the general public, including school-aged children and adults. The attendees at the October meeting further asserted that public science education should be relevant for all individuals (for more detail on the meeting, see Appendices A-C: Evaluation Report, Conference Agenda and Participants).

The Connected Audience 2019

Presenting the best of current research and applied practices, emphasizing innovation and quantified experience, this conference will bring together researchers, museum directors, museum professionals from all disciplines (education, marketing, curatorial, visitor services), exhibition developers and exhibition designers for an inter-field exchange of ideas and an in-depth exploration of what we know, and how we can apply that knowledge to improve learning and the museum experience in general.

ILI Joins LEAP into Science National Scale-Up Project

ILI is excited to join the next phase of Leap Into Science as a research partner, investigating how community events that combine literacy and science spark and sustain interest pathways for young children and their families. Leap into Science is a nationwide program, led by the Franklin Institute, that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books in order to engage children (ages 3-10) and their families. The program empowers educators to offer programs in community settings like libraries, museums, and out-of-school time programs to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the project is scaling nationally through a train-the-trainer model. The project is looking for teams of 2-3 institutions to apply as partners to collaboratively disseminate …

ILI Receives Funding from the Oregon Community Foundation

The Institute for Learning Innovation is grateful to announce new support from the Oregon Community Foundation for the Head Start on Engineering project. This funding is made possible through the generous contributions of the WRG Foundation Fund, the Robert K. and Judith A. McDermott Foundation Fund, and an anonymous fund of the OCF. Head Start on Engineering is an integrated research-practice project designed to engage Head Start children and their families in early childhood engineering experiences in order to prepare them for school, work, and life. The project is led by the Institute in partnership with Mt. Hood Committee College Head Start, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and the University of Notre Dame. To learn more about …