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A love for learning and the VSA

Posted Jul 8, 2021

Next week is my official first week as the Secretary for Visitor Studies Association. I joined the board in an interim capacity in December and I am excited to now join the group in this official capacity. The Visitor Studies Association has meant so much to me, both in a professional capacity and also as… (Read more)

On-Ramps to Where?

Posted Jun 8, 2021

An essay by: John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking   Introduction   For generations, educators have supported children and youth’s free-choice science learning through informal education experiences, such as visits to museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums, both school visits, as well as those with family/friends; various online programs, summer camps and scouting, and… (Read more)

The Value of Museums: Enhancing Societal Well-Being

Posted May 24, 2021

We are pleased to announce the timely arrival of a new book written by our own Dr. John Falk. “Written by one of the world’s leading authorities on the public use of museums, The Value of Museums: Enhancing Societal Well-Being provides a timely and compelling way for museum professionals to better understand and explain the benefits created… (Read more)

Portal To The Public Wins Enduring Achievement Award

Posted May 12, 2021

ARIS ANNOUNCES 2020 and 2021 BROADER IMPACTS AWARDEES Award recipients to be recognized during the annual summit. May 11, 2021 – The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) today announced three Broader Impacts (BI) Champions who have contributed significantly to establishing and advancing the broader impacts of scientific research. 2021 BI Champions: ·… (Read more)

Principal Components Analysis – and everyone’s favorite sandwich!  

Posted May 12, 2021

Is your survey scale or instrument measuring one, and only one psychological construct? How do you know? What does it matter?  As our Data Scientist, David Meier will tell you, refining your survey scales to ensure they are measuring unique constructs is critical for the validity of your inferential statistical interpretations. You can’t truly know if someone… (Read more)

Measuring Organizational Return on Investment

Posted Apr 27, 2021

This is the third in a series of blogs I have written about the importance and feasibility of putting an actual dollar figure on the value created by cultural experiences (find previous blogs here and here). The premise of all these pieces begins with an appreciation of the fact that cultural institutions currently have a… (Read more)

UPDATE: Is it Actually Possible to put a Dollar Figure on your Organization’s Public Value?

Posted Feb 12, 2021

An update by John H. Falk, Ph.D. Executive Director, Institute for Learning Innovation   Last July I wrote a blog proposing that it might be possible to actually put a dollar figure on the value created by cultural experiences. Here’s a quick recap of that original blog and an update on where this effort currently… (Read more)

Special Announcement- Network Affiliations

Posted Feb 3, 2021

As you know, here at ILI we spend a lot of time thinking (and talking about) learning. How to broaden access and participation, what supports effective learning and who gets to be considered an expert? It’s all a part of our ongoing quest to change the narrow ways in which people think about learning. Most… (Read more)

Evaluating Differently

Posted Jan 29, 2021

For many of us working in informal science learning, we’re just coming out of our busiest season of the year. Projects wrapped up. A new administration took office. We navigated a holiday season unlike any other.  And for most, several federal and private grants were due. Among other things, 2020 brought with it a heightened… (Read more)

SciComm Trainers Network: Building a community committed to equity in science engagement

Posted Jan 21, 2021

Whether it’s watching a demonstration at a science fair, learning new ideas at a science museum, or simply talking to a scientist, the transfer of knowledge from scientists to members of their communities represents a clear example of the free-choice learning championed by the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI). As such ILI has formed a… (Read more)