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. The iiE is maintained and supported by InGlobal Learning Design, a Michigan-based nonprofit, and core members are also affiliated with the Interactive Communications & Simulations group at the University of Michigan.
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.