We aim to rethink and redesign environments that bridge the gap between popular and academic culture, and that support transitions among K-12, higher education, and the workplace. Through a global network of creative educators, the iiE supports the building of human capacity and generation of a knowledge base of practical evidence and techniques.
The iiE vision of learning embraces dedication to creativity, playfulness and adventurousness cultivated throughout life. We believe these competencies originate through the work of curious individuals collaborating in diverse and multi-disciplinary teams. We are dedicated to principles of learner centered design, rapid prototyping, and real world piloting, as well as flexible, nuanced and multifaceted assessment methods that measure effects on both individuals and communities.
The iiE draws members and collaborators from educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, private companies, government institutions, agencies, project partners, funding organizations and entrepreneurs. Core members are faculty and affiliates of the University of Michigan’s Interactive Communications & Simulations group.
The iiE is for anyone interested in thinking about learning. We aim to help members, affiliates, and acquaintances inspire each other and help each other create learning experiences that are playful, energizing, and provocative. While technology has an important place in our work, we are also fans of low-tech activities, physical materials, and face-to-face interactions. We owe a huge debt to University of Michigan Education Professor Fred Goodman, who spent much of his life connecting creative thinkers, unconventional leaders, and inspired misfits, across institutional, professional, and disciplinary boundaries.
Remi Holden Kalir is an assistant professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development. He plays at the intersection of the learning sciences and teacher education, designing novel environments and experiences for both pre-and in-service teachers across multiple settings, practices, and disciplines. Learn more about Remi’s work here.
Jeff Kupperman is an Associate Professor of Education, and a core member of the University of Michigan’s Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) group and the Institute for Innovation in Education (iiE). A major focus of his work involves the development of technology-mediated programs that allow K-12 and university students to push the boundaries of play, communication, social action, and culture. His resume includes a wide range of teaching experiences as well as museum exhibit planning and professional software engineering. Learn more about Jeff’s work here.
Michael Fahy is an anthropologist and a lecturer on the faculty of Education Studies at the University of Michigan School of Education, where he is a member of the Interactive Communications and Simulations (ICS) group.
Pagan Poggione is an education and training consultant with PuddleWood Consulting who specializes in collaboratively building partnerships that support the development of future focused educators and learners. Pagan holds an MA in Technology in Education from the University of Michigan-Flint and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Victoria. She has a background in marketing communications and education and workforce development in the clean energy sector. She has 20+ years experience in remote project design, implementation, and management with a focus on collaboration between national and global stakeholders. She is a core member of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Innovation in Education (iiE) and works with the iiE to design and implement global educational projects and programs. As well, she is an educator who teaches workshops and courses in collaboration tools and methods, project development, and design thinking. Pagan serves on the board of directors for various non-profit organizations and currently resides in British Columbia, Canada.
Jeff Stanzler is a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Education and is Co-Director of the Interactive Communications and Simulations (ICS) group. He is on the faculty of the Educational Studies and Digital Media and Education Programs, as well as the Michigan Community Scholars Program.