Our Projects

Communities and organizations thrive when people understand and have access to resources to support active engagement in lifelong, free-choice learning. The Institute for Learning Innovation’s expertise—including conceptualization, design, implementation, evaluation, and research—grows out of its staff’s long history of working with all kinds of learning institutions, government agencies, and a wide range of community-serving organizations.

 

Featured Projects

Reconceptualizing STEM+C Literacy

General Public Informal Institutions Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

  The Reconceptualizing STEM+C Literacy project is helping to improve understanding of how people learn over their lifespan by reconceptualizing how to define and measure STEM+C (Science, Technology, Engineering,...

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Chief Science Officer Program

Arizona Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Florida Georgia Kuwait Mexico Michigan New York Oregon Youth

The Chief Science Officer (CSO) Program is expanding where and when people learn by building tomorrow’s global leaders through the empowerment of youth today.  CSOs are working directly with industry and community le...

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Portal to the Public

Adults Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Museums United States

Portal to the Public is expanding where and when people learn over their lifetime by helping informal science education (ISE) organizations connect public audiences with the scientists working in their communities, throu...

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STEM 360: Multi-Setting, Multi-Platform STEM Education Engagement Program and Research Study

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Schools Virginia Youth

The STEM 360 Project is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by developing, testing, and refining an innovative model for cultivating STEM interests and capabilities of urban youth through in...

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Current Projects

The Cascades STEM Lab School Cooperative: A K-12 & University Partnership

Schools Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime

The Cascades STEM Lab School Cooperative Project is helping to improve how we understand lifelong learning by examining the process of implementing a STEM-district wide school initiative within a rural school district. T...

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iSwoop: Research on Adult Interests in National Parks

Adults Parks Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

iSwoop (Interpreters and Scientists Working in Our Parks) is helping to improving how we understand lifelong learning by understanding the impact that staff-facilitated experiences in national parks have on adult interes...

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On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public

General Public Museums Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

The On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public project will help us understand how people learn over their lifetime, by developing a model for audience assessment that STEM professionals can u...

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North American Environmental Educators Annual Conference PD Intervention

Adults Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

The North American Environmental Educators (NAAEE) Annual Conference Intervention effort is designed to explore how to change and expand the professional learning opportunities for of the 1,000s of people who annually at...

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Luxembourg Science Center Impact Study

Luxembourg Science Centers Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime Youth

The Luxembourg Science Center Impact Study is improving how we understand lifelong learning by offering a unique opportunity to study the influence that the opening of the first science center in a country has on youth. ...

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My Sky Tonight

Family Groups Informal Institutions Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States Young Children

The My Sky Tonight project is helping to improve how we understand lifelong learning by exploring how very young children and their families engage with astronomy. This project lead by the Astronomical Society of the Pac...

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Lineages

Family Groups Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime

The Lineages project is helping to improve how we understand lifelong learning through a comprehensive educational media and outreach initiative that will engage individuals and families in learning about deep time and e...

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Reconceptualizing STEM+C Literacy

General Public Informal Institutions Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

  The Reconceptualizing STEM+C Literacy project is helping to improve understanding of how people learn over their lifespan by reconceptualizing how to define and measure STEM+C (Science, Technology, Engineering,...

Read More
Into the Wild: Using Stories to Connect STEM Professionals and Families in a Rural Community

Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Family Groups Museums United States Young Children

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Chief Science Officer Program

Arizona Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Florida Georgia Kuwait Mexico Michigan New York Oregon Youth

The Chief Science Officer (CSO) Program is expanding where and when people learn by building tomorrow’s global leaders through the empowerment of youth today.  CSOs are working directly with industry and community le...

Read More
Rural Gateways

Adults Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Libraries United States

The Rural Gateways Project is helping to expand where and when people learn over the course of their lifetimes. By supporting librarians in rural communities abilities to build skills and confidence in developing and pre...

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Portal to the Public

Adults Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Museums United States

Portal to the Public is expanding where and when people learn over their lifetime by helping informal science education (ISE) organizations connect public audiences with the scientists working in their communities, throu...

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston STEAM Team

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Massachusetts Museums Youth

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) STEAM Team is helping to change who has access to lifelong learning by pioneering a pre-college year-long fellowship program. STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts...

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The Connected Audience: International Series of Conferences on Audiences Development & Research

Austria Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime General Public Germany Museums

The Connected Audience Conference Series is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by supporting the role of museums and cultural institutions in becoming more visitor focused.  In the 21s...

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Leap into Science: Cultivating a National Network for Informal Science and Literacy

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Family Groups Informal Institutions United States Youth

The Leap into Science Project is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by examining best practices for engaging underserved children and families from urban and rural areas in science and liter...

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Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design project (BID)

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime General Public Informal Institutions United States

The Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design project (BID) is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime helping informal science education (ISE) organizations and universities create durable partner...

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YeSTEM: Partnering for Equitable STEM Pathways for Youth Underrepresented in STEM Project

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Michigan Museums Oregon United Kingdom Youth

The Partnering for Equitable STEM Pathways for Youth Underrepresented in STEM Project (YeSTEM) is building understanding about how youth who historically have not participated in free-choice/informal STEM learning gain...

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STEM 360: Multi-Setting, Multi-Platform STEM Education Engagement Program and Research Study

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Schools Virginia Youth

The STEM 360 Project is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by developing, testing, and refining an innovative model for cultivating STEM interests and capabilities of urban youth through in...

Read More

All Projects

Our Work:
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International Conference: The Integration of Science Centres with Natural History Museums for Imparting Informal Education

Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime

The 1st Integration of Science Centres with Natural History Museums for Imparting Informal Education International Conference was held October 4-6, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This 2.5 day working meeting convened a ...

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Los Mochis Museum Impact Study

General Public Mexico Museums Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime

The Los Mochis Museum Impact Study is improving how we understand lifelong learning by offering a unique opportunity to study the influence that the opening of the first interactive museum in Sinaloa, Mexicohas on the yo...

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The Cascades STEM Lab School Cooperative: A K-12 & University Partnership

Schools Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime

The Cascades STEM Lab School Cooperative Project is helping to improve how we understand lifelong learning by examining the process of implementing a STEM-district wide school initiative within a rural school district. T...

Read More
iSwoop: Research on Adult Interests in National Parks

Adults Parks Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

iSwoop (Interpreters and Scientists Working in Our Parks) is helping to improving how we understand lifelong learning by understanding the impact that staff-facilitated experiences in national parks have on adult interes...

Read More
On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public

General Public Museums Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

The On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public project will help us understand how people learn over their lifetime, by developing a model for audience assessment that STEM professionals can u...

Read More
North American Environmental Educators Annual Conference PD Intervention

Adults Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

The North American Environmental Educators (NAAEE) Annual Conference Intervention effort is designed to explore how to change and expand the professional learning opportunities for of the 1,000s of people who annually at...

Read More
Luxembourg Science Center Impact Study

Luxembourg Science Centers Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime Youth

The Luxembourg Science Center Impact Study is improving how we understand lifelong learning by offering a unique opportunity to study the influence that the opening of the first science center in a country has on youth. ...

Read More
My Sky Tonight

Family Groups Informal Institutions Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States Young Children

The My Sky Tonight project is helping to improve how we understand lifelong learning by exploring how very young children and their families engage with astronomy. This project lead by the Astronomical Society of the Pac...

Read More
Lineages

Family Groups Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime

The Lineages project is helping to improve how we understand lifelong learning through a comprehensive educational media and outreach initiative that will engage individuals and families in learning about deep time and e...

Read More
Reconceptualizing STEM+C Literacy

General Public Informal Institutions Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States

  The Reconceptualizing STEM+C Literacy project is helping to improve understanding of how people learn over their lifespan by reconceptualizing how to define and measure STEM+C (Science, Technology, Engineering,...

Read More
Camp Invention Research Project

Informal Institutions Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime United States Youth

The Camp Invention Research Project was an effort to improve understanding of how people learn over their lifespan by focusing in on the role that learner’s prior interests, dispositions and motivations effected learni...

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Multi-Modal Science Effects Study

Adults Arizona California Pennsylvania Science Centers Understanding How People Learn Over Their Lifetime Youth

The Multi-Modal Science Effects Study was an effort to improve understanding of how people learn over their lifespan. The project quantitatively and qualitatively assessed the collective and relative contributions of a r...

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Into the Wild: Using Stories to Connect STEM Professionals and Families in a Rural Community

Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Family Groups Museums United States Young Children

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Visitor Experiences at the National Museum of Qatar

Adults Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Museums Qatar

The Visitor Experiences Project at the new National Museum of Qatar is helping to expand where and when people learn over the course of their lifetimes. In a series of  Visitor Experience Reports, the Institute has been...

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National Parks Science Challenge

Adults Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Parks United States

The National Parks Science Challenge project is helping to expand where and when people learn over their lifetime by facilitating young adults’ access to urban national parks through designed learning experiences suppo...

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Chief Science Officer Program

Arizona Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Florida Georgia Kuwait Mexico Michigan New York Oregon Youth

The Chief Science Officer (CSO) Program is expanding where and when people learn by building tomorrow’s global leaders through the empowerment of youth today.  CSOs are working directly with industry and community le...

Read More
Learning from the Inside Out: A National Learning Summit

Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime General Public Informal Institutions Schools United States

Learning from the Inside Out was a national learning summit designed to help the U.S. public and policymakers understand the importance of an expanded learning landscape—one that equally values and supports public educ...

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Rural Gateways

Adults Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Libraries United States

The Rural Gateways Project is helping to expand where and when people learn over the course of their lifetimes. By supporting librarians in rural communities abilities to build skills and confidence in developing and pre...

Read More
Portal to the Public

Adults Expanding Where and When People Learn Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Museums United States

Portal to the Public is expanding where and when people learn over their lifetime by helping informal science education (ISE) organizations connect public audiences with the scientists working in their communities, throu...

Read More
Museum of Fine Arts Boston STEAM Team

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Massachusetts Museums Youth

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) STEAM Team is helping to change who has access to lifelong learning by pioneering a pre-college year-long fellowship program. STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts...

Read More
L.A. County Museum of Art Community Engagement Study

California Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime General Public Museums

The L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA) Community Engagement Studies were designed to help change who has access to learning over their lifetime.  The Institute for Learning Innovation is working to support LACMA’s effo...

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The Connected Audience: International Series of Conferences on Audiences Development & Research

Austria Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime General Public Germany Museums

The Connected Audience Conference Series is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by supporting the role of museums and cultural institutions in becoming more visitor focused.  In the 21s...

Read More
Head Start on Engineering: Supporting Engineering Interest Development in Early Childhood

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Family Groups United States Young Children

Head Star on Engineering (HSE) is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by helping to prepare low-income families with young children (ages 3 to 5) for a world where science and engineering are...

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Leap into Science: Cultivating a National Network for Informal Science and Literacy

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Family Groups Informal Institutions United States Youth

The Leap into Science Project is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by examining best practices for engaging underserved children and families from urban and rural areas in science and liter...

Read More
Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design project (BID)

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime General Public Informal Institutions United States

The Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design project (BID) is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime helping informal science education (ISE) organizations and universities create durable partner...

Read More
YeSTEM: Partnering for Equitable STEM Pathways for Youth Underrepresented in STEM Project

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Michigan Museums Oregon United Kingdom Youth

The Partnering for Equitable STEM Pathways for Youth Underrepresented in STEM Project (YeSTEM) is building understanding about how youth who historically have not participated in free-choice/informal STEM learning gain...

Read More
STEM 360: Multi-Setting, Multi-Platform STEM Education Engagement Program and Research Study

Changing Who Has Access to Learning Over Their Lifetime Informal Institutions Schools Virginia Youth

The STEM 360 Project is helping to change who has access to learning over their lifetime by developing, testing, and refining an innovative model for cultivating STEM interests and capabilities of urban youth through in...

Read More