We are an academic home for informal learning. We explore what it means to learn science, technology, and art in out-of-school settings. We conduct basic research on learning. We produce innovative designs to support informal learning. We uncover how museums and community organizations learn and change. We prototype with partners ways for learning experiences to be more connected across place and time. Through the Learning Sciences and Policy, Ph.D program, we train the next generation of informal learning researchers. And, finally, we also bring research and practice together through collaborations and national field-building initiatives.

UPCLOSE is a project of the Learning Research and Development Center and School of Education.