Kylie Peppler

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Associate Professor, Informatics
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Associate Professor
School of Education

Ph.D., UCLA, 2007, Urban Schooling/Education

Phone: (949) 824-5118

University of California, Irvine
5206 Bren Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Arts, Computational Technologies, Computer Science, Constructionism, Creativity, Design, Education, E-Textiles, Gaming, Maker Culture, New Media, Out-of-School Learning, Wearable Computing
Academic Distinctions
2017: Early Career Alumni Award from Indiana University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
2017: University of Otago Research Fellow
2016: NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Recipient
2016: MIRA Tech Educator of the Year from TechPoint
2014: Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from Indiana University
2009: Indiana Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders
2008: Honorable Mention in Prix Arts Electronica in Community Art for work on the Scratch Online Community
2007: UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship
2006: Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education
2015-2018: Associate Professor of Learning Sciences — Indiana University
2008-2015: Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences — Indiana University
2007–2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate — University of California, Irvine
Research Abstract
An artist by training, Dr. Peppler is an Associate Professor of Informatics and Education and engages in research that focuses on the intersection of arts, computational technologies and interest-driven learning. In addition to serving as the Director of the Creativity Labs, Dr. Peppler is the Chief Learning Officer at Collective Shift/LRNG, the former lead of the MacArthur Foundation’s Make-to-Learn initiative, an advisor to the Connected Learning Research Network, and a member of the 2016 and 2017 National Educational Technology Plan Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Peppler was on the original NSF-sponsored Scratch team during the initial design and early study of the Scratch platform. Since this time, she has specialized in studying e-textile design with the LilyPad Arduino.

Dr. Peppler is the recipient of several awards, including 2016 Mira Tech Educator of the Year and an NSF Early CAREER recipient, as well as grants from the Spencer Foundation, Moore Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation, among others. Through this support, she has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including the authoring or editing more than 11 book publications. The most recent volumes include the Makeology series as well as the The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning. Her current scholarly interests include theorizing how changing the tools and materials in today’s learning environments can help broaden participation in STEM, particularly among women and minority populations, as well as improve overall learning outcomes.
Peppler, K. (Ed.) (2017). Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.
Peppler, K. & Wohlwend, K. (2017). Theorizing the nexus of STEAM practice. In J. Katz-Buonincontro and C. Conway (Eds.) Arts Education Policy Review Special Issue: Gathering STEAM, pages 1-12.
Peppler, K. & Bender, S. (2013). Maker Movement spreads innovation one project at a time. Kappan. 95(3), pp. 22 - 27.
Peppler, K. (2010). Media Arts: Arts Education for a Digital Age. Teachers College Record, 112(8), pp. 2118–2153.
Peppler, K. & Kafai, Y. (2007). From SuperGoo to Scratch: exploring creative digital media production in informal learning. Learning, Media, and Technology, 32(2), pp. 149–166.
Peppler, K., Danish, J., & Moczek, A. ($1,036,000; August 2013-Dec 2018). BioSim: Developing a Wearable Toolkit for Teaching Complex Science Through Embodied Play. Grant from The National Science Foundation.
Peppler, K. & Gresalfi, M. ($1,500,000, September 2014-August 2019). COLLABORATIVE: Re-Crafting Mathematics Education: Designing Tangible Manipulatives Rooted in Traditional Female Crafts. The National Science Foundation.
Maker Education Initiative & Peppler K. ($300,000 with a sub-contract of $144,411; July 2015 – December 2017). Phase II of the Open Portfolio Project. Grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Peppler, K. ($735,000; December 2015 – December 2018). LRNG: Deepening Learning. Funding from The MacArthur Foundation / Collective Shift, Best Buy Foundation, Fossil Foundation.
Peppler, K. & Hoadley, C. ($369,777; December 2015 – December 2018). The Hive Research Lab: Investigating and Supporting Youth Interest-Driven Learning Pathways in Hive NYC. Funding from the Spencer Foundation.
Bevan, B., Scarff, L., Bell, P., Peppler, K., Sefton-Green, J., and Soep, L. ($1,952,296.00; January 2017 – December 2021). SciLeaning+ Phase 2: 21st Century ISE Art + Science: Hybridity as a Means for STEM Educational Equity. The National Science Foundation / Wellcome Trust.
Honey, M., Bennett, D., & Peppler, K., ($2,200,000; September 2017 – March 2020). Engaging Girls in Science Through Narrative. The National Science Foundation.
Börner, K, Peppler, K, et al. ($2,526,554; August 2016 – July 2021). Understanding and Improving Data Visualization Literacy: Research and Tool Development to Empower General Audiences to Read and Make Data Visualizations (DRL #1713567). The National Science Foundation.
Peppler, K. ($499,964; August 2016 – July 2021). CAREER: Designing a New Nexus: Examining the Social Construction of Electronics and Computing Toolkits to Broaden Participation and Deepen Learning (#1453195). The National Science Foundation.
Other Experience
Chief Learning Officer
LRNG 2015—now

The Creativity Labs 2008—now

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