Informal Learning Network - Kick-off
Tue, 10/16/2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Kick-off meeting set for Oct. 16
This summer, Denice Blair Leach joined Michigan State University as an educator at the MSU Museum and in the College of Education's Teacher Education Department. She is stationed at the busy intersection where teachers teach and learners learn. This fall, she is getting ready to help launch an Informal Learning Network at MSU -- and teachers and learners just might get better at both.
The new organization for MSU faculty members, academic specialists, staff members and students will set the stage for collaborations, research projects and outreach efforts aimed at improving informal learning in a variety of settings. Informal learning, also called free-choice or out-of-school learning, takes place outside of classrooms -- in museums, science and cultural centers, at gardens, zoos and parks, at community events, and after school programs and more.
And informal learning can happen in any discipline -- the sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, the arts, humanities, social science, health, business, and others -- so that makes a large and diverse school like Michigan State University the perfect place to take advantage of all these learning opportunities.