Expert Interviews

Exploring Alternative Visions in Assessing Informal Learning Environments

A Few Moments with Vera Michalchik

Vera Michalchik is Director of Research on Informal Learning Environments in SRI International's Center for Technology in Learning. For more than two decades, she has been researching the relationships and differences between in school and out of

Supporting Learning Innovation at a Local Level

A Few Moments with Cathy Lewis Long and Matt Hannigan

In 2001, Cathy Lewis Long and Matt Hannigan founded The Sprout Fund, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting projects that focus on fostering grassroots community innovation and increasing civic engagement. The Sprout Fund has a

Rethinking Mentorship, Learning Pathways in a Networked Age

A Few Moments with Nichole Pinkard

As founder of the Digital Youth Network, a digital literacy program for Chicago youth that incorporates both in-school and out-of-school settings and co-founder of YOUmedia, a 5,500-square-foot multimedia learning space for Chicago teens, Nichole

Games, Learning & Literacy in the 21st Century

A Few Moments with James Paul Gee

As the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, James Paul Gee is one of the most respected academics in the field of education. Perhaps the most widely recognized scholar on games and learning, Gee’s book,

Innovating Classrooms, Schools, and Teacher Learning

A Few Moments with Jennie Magiera

As Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, Jennie Magiera uses innovative technologies to construct relevant and engaging learning experiences for students across 25 Chicago Public Schools. Magiera specializes in 1-to-1-

Blending Digital Media, Badging, and Museum-Based Learning

A Few Moments with Barry Joseph

In October 2012, Barry Joseph became the Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives, at the American Museum of Natural History. In his new position, he explores the overlap between digital media and museum-based learning and how the mixture

Fostering Open Learning Grounded in Co-Creation, Peer-to-Peer Support

A Few Moments with Philipp Schmidt

Philipp Schmidt is widely recognized as a leading thinker and advocate for open learning and for helping to jumpstart the open education movement in the early 2000s. He co-authored the Cape Town Open Education Declaration in 2007 and co-founded Peer-to-

Linking Recognition, Certification & Accreditation to Anytime, Anywhere Learning

A Few Moments with Erin Knight

As Senior Director of Learning and Badges at Mozilla Foundation, Erin Knight is leading the development of the organization's Open Badges Infrastructure in an effort to provide adults and youth ages 13-17 with an alternative accreditation and credentialing

Broadening Pedagogical Practices in a Participatory Culture

A Few Moments with Henry Jenkins

Over the last three decades, Henry Jenkins, Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts at USC, has distinguished himself as a scholar of new media and participatory culture studies. Already this year, Jenkins has released two

Blending High- and Low-Tech Worlds with a Maker-Driven Agenda

A Few Moments with Kylie Peppler

Over the past year, the maker movement has gained traction in the digital media and learning community thanks in part to Kylie Peppler, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences at Indiana University, who is spearheading the DML Hub’s Make-to-Learn