John H. Falk Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI)
Based in Corvallis, OR, John H. Falk is Director of the Institute for Learning Innovation and Emeritus Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University. He is a leading expert on free-choice learning; the learning that occurs when people have significant choice and control over the what, where and when of their learning. Dr. Falk’s current research focuses on understanding the well-being and identity/self-related reasons people utilize free-choice learning settings during their leisure time; studying the community impacts of museums, libraries, zoos and aquariums and helping cultural institutions re-think their educational positioning in the 21st century. His awards include the NARST: A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research Distinguished Career Award ( 2016); Oregon State University, University Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Award for Excellence, Innovation-Partnerships Award (2016); Council of Scientific Society Presidents Award for Educational Research (2013) and American Alliance of Museums John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership (2010).
John’s expertise includes biology/ecology, long-term effects research, and self/identity-related learning motivations. His favorite free-choice learning activities include tending to his Japanese garden, painting, design, swimming and hiking.
Address: 8100 NW Ridgewood Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330
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