E-Learning Lab public seminar: Dr Kylie Peppler - Make-to-Learn, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences & Director of The Creativity Labs @ Indiana University
20 March 2017
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Wheki 205 on Dovedale Campus
Abstract: Lessons learned from the grassroots spreading of the “maker movement” can help us reimagine schools and foster a mindset of creativity and innovation in educational settings. The maker movement consists of a growing culture of hands-on making, creating, designing, and innovating. A hallmark of the maker movement is its do-it-yourself (or do-it-with-others) mind-set that brings together individuals around a range of activities, including textile craft, robotics, cooking, woodcrafts, electronics, digital fabrication, mechanical repair, or creation — in short, making nearly anything. And it’s spreading: Online maker communities, physical makerspaces, and Maker Faires are popping up all over the world and continually increasing in size and participation. Moreover, there is a growing recognition of the maker movement’s potential to transform how and what people learn in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and other disciplines. This presentation focuses on the kinds of disciplinary learning that can be cultivated through making as well as ways to transform pre-service education through the design of new makerspaces in higher education.
Bio: An artist by training, Dr. Peppler is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, computational technologies and interest-driven learning. In addition to serving as the Director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University, Dr. Peppler is the lead of the MacArthur Foundation’s Make-to-Learn initiative, an advisor to the Connected Learning Research Network, and a member of the 2016/2017 National Educational Technology Plan Committee sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Peppler was on the original NSF-sponsored Scratch team during the initial design and early study of the Scratch platform. Since this time, she has specialized in studying e-textile design with the LilyPad Arduino. Dr. Peppler is the recipient of several recent awards, including 2016 Mira Tech Educator of the Year and an NSF Early CAREER recipient, as well as grants from the Spencer Foundation, Moore Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation. Through this support, she has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including the authoring or editing over 11 book publications. The most recent volumes include the Makeology series as well as a forthcoming Sage Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning. Dr Peppler is on sabbatical and visiting Otago University.