The Creativity Labs @ Indiana University brings together educators, designers, artists, and learning theorists interested in constructionist and design-based learning. We focus on computational tools that support learning by leveraging youths’ interests in digital culture, design, and making.

 

Newsworthy Events

The Creativity Lab is excited about:

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Research Interests

We are passionate about interest-driven learning and creativity. We are currently working on:

Maker Culture

Maker Culture

Exploring the intersection between digital and physical materials, we are looking at how tools like LilyPad Arduino, Scratch, Modkit, and other maker tools can be used to make a new world of possibilities in education.

Designing Systems

Designing Systems

From games to digital stories to embodied play, we explore learning that highlights systems thinking concepts in the real world.

Arts & Creativity

Arts & Creativity

The 21st century arts learning landscape is changing. We explore new approaches for fostering arts learning and creativity, in and out of schools.

Portfolio

We design and research new technologies to promote creative learning in youth communities. Mouse over and click the link icons on the projects below to learn more about some of our current and completed projects.

 

Current and prior support from:

 

                       

                                         

 

                       

 
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

Collective Shift & The MacArthur Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation & The Wellcome Trust
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The Moore Foundation
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Funded by:

The New York Community Trust
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The National Science Foundation
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Funded by:

The U.S. Department of Education & The Ford Foundation
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Funded by:

The MacArthur Foundation & the Indiana Department of Education
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Funded by:

The MacArthur Foundation
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Funded by:

The Wallace Foundation, National Science Foundation, & Chicago Community Trust
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Funded by:

The Spencer Foundation, The National Science Foundation, & University of California President's Office
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Funded by:

The MacArthur Foundation & Fund for the Advancement of Peace and Education
 

Team Awards

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Publications

The members of the Creativity Labs team have collaborated and contributed to more than 100 publications since 2008.

 

A Sampling of Our Recent Publications:

  1. Peppler, K. (Ed.) (2017). Encyclopedia of out-of-school learning. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.
  2. Tan, V., Keune, A., & Peppler, K. (2017). The materiality of design in e-textiles. In S. Goldman & Z. Kabayadondo (Eds) Taking Design Thinking to School: How the Technology of Design Can Transform Teachers, Learners, and Classrooms. New York, NY: Routledge.
  3. Thompson, N., Peppler, K., & Danish, J. (2017). Designing BioSim: Playfully encouraging systems thinking in young children. In Zheng, R. & Gardner, M. (Eds.), Handbook of research on serious games for educational applications, Ch.7 (pp. 149-167). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  4. Peppler, K., Halverson, E. & Kafai, Y. (Eds.) (2016). Makeology: Makerspaces as learning environments (Volume 1). New York, NY: Routledge.
  5. Santo, R., Ching, D., Peppler, K., & Hoadley, C. (2016). Working in the open: Lessons from open source on building innovation networks in education. On the Horizon. 24(3), pp. 280-295. DOI: 10.1108/OTH-05-2016-0026
  6. Bender, S., and Samson, K. (2015, September 26-27). Re-crafting mathematics: Early lessons learned at the intersection of textile crafts and math. Paper presented at the fifth annual FabLearn Conference: Equity and Diversity in Making. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University.

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Meet the Team

The Creativity Labs team includes learning scientists, educators, artists, designers, and programmers
Director
Dr. Kylie A. Peppler

Kylie is an Associate Professor in Informatics and Education at University of California, Irvine & Director of the Creativity Labs at Indiana University. An artist by training, she engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, media, new technologies, and informal learning.

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Janis Watson

Janis is a 20-year veteran schoolteacher, an education writer, and a curriculum designer. Her interests lie in designing and facilitating the creation of innovative, digital, and game-based learning experiences.

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Shenshen Han

Shenshen is currently working as the developer of the BioSim project at Creativity Labs. His recent interest mainly lies on exploring the sense of the next generation Internet Computing. He is an enthusiast of computer networks and pervasive computing.

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Jasmiina Korhonen

A Finnish primary school teacher by training, Jasmiina is interested in novel learning environments and student-centered activities in primary schools. Her current research focuses on makerspaces as a context for students’ emergent leadership.

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Zhimei He

Zhimei is interested in exploring maker culture and education. Her research focuses on the impacting factors of making, functions of co-working, and shared innovation, relationship between maker education and creative industry.

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Sophia Bender

Sophia is interested in the role of creativity and engagement, promoting STEM equity through alternative approaches to learning and the inclusion of student interests (e.g., fan culture) in education. She hopes that, through her work in the Labs, she will help to make school more exciting for kids!

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Joey Huang

Joey is interested in exploring learners' learning pathways in relation to culture, social interaction, and identity development. She hopes to create more interesting and inspiring learning environments to promote collaboration and STEM learning in the labs.

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Anna Keune

Anna is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at Indiana University. As a new media artist and designer, she leverages her international experiences across four continents to engage in research that spans across art, technology design, and materiality of learning.

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Anthony Phonethibsavads

Tony fills a unique role in the labs as a specialist in creativity theory and assessment. Prior to joining the Creativity Labs, he worked on projects involving the measurement of creativity beliefs and stereotypes.

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Mishael Sedas

Mishael is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences and Human-Computer Interaction, with a background in engineering. He is interested in using design to encourage and support interest-driven STEAM learning for non-dominant and low-income populations.

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Naomi Thompson

Coming from psychology, education, and arts, Naomi is interested in intersections of arts, making, and broadening STEM participation. She is currently working on systems thinking through play in BioSim, and is involved in the ReCrafting Math project.

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Suraj Uttamchandani

Coming from New York with a background in math, Suraj primarily studies higher education. His interests include discourse analytic methods, constructionist theory, the design of learning spaces, and critical approaches to the learning sciences.

Meet Our Expert Researchers!
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Kate Samson

Kate recently received a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science and Philosophy at IU. She is interested in ideas of embodied cognition, and is curious about the function of craft, computation and maker culture in creative learning. Kate is a cognitive scientist and ethnographer on our ReCrafting Math Education project.

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Pooja Saxena

Pooja is a doctoral candidate with experience in designing innovative curriculum in mathematics. She is an embedded weaver interested in exploring what motivates or deters young female students to engage in the STEM fields.

Meet Our Teacher Scholars, Undergrads, and Volunteers!
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Tarrance Banks

Tarrey teaches middle school, has a master's degree in school administration, and is working toward a Ph.D. in sustainability education. His focus on design-thinking, sustainability, and social justice through Project, Problem, and Place-based Learning (P3) is a great fit for the ReCrafting Math project.

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Alicia Morris

Alicia is a high school teacher interested in the implications of physical/digital artifact design & production on the rate and quality of transfer of learning. How do the design process + interest-driven learning + integration of (computer science + fashion design + mathematics) concepts affect transfer?

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RCM: Angela Caldwell

Angela is currently working towards a BFA in metals after receiving a BA in Painting and Art History. She owns her own jewelry business and in her free time is busy knitting and learning new craft. She comes from a family of teachers and crafts people and brings that knowledge to her research position.

Creativity Labs Alumni

See what our graduates are doing now:

Former Team Members

Former Graduate Research Assistants
Larice Thoroughgood DiAnna Washington
Justin Whiting Christian McKay
Former REU and RET Scholars
Kara Inglehart Kate Kenny Tabitha Bow
Erin Meegan Jaimie Smith Emily Jalkanen
Cassiopeia Winslow Sam Lorentz
Alex Dailey
Former Programmers
Alexander Jacobs Benjamin Zaitlen (quasiben)

The Creativity Labs has partnered with the following groups on recent and current projects:

 

Contact Us

We design and research new technologies to promote creative learning in youth communities.

Are you interested in the Learning Sciences? The LS faculty are well supported by major US foundations.  Our projects and our students excel when both are well matched.  In addition to the stipend and tuition waiver that comes with all of our assistantships, these projects can help connect you with established professional networks that are key to future success.

Contact Info

The Creativity Labs are located at Indiana University. For more information, contact:

Dr. Kylie Peppler
W.W. Wright Education Building | Room 2054
201 N. Rose Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana
47405 | USA

Phone: 812-856-8381

Positions Available

Dr. Kylie Peppler’s team, the Creativity Labs @ Indiana University, is looking for new team members. If this interests you, apply to be a part of our team today!