Learning in Informal Settings is an innovative seminar series co-sponsored by the CU School of Education and the CU Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado Boulder. This series will cover a variety of topics including learning through making, interactional studies and contemplative studies of the natural world. All lectures are free and open to CU faculty, alumni, students, educators, and the public. Seating is limited.

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About the Series
Learning is a continuous and cumulative process driven by individual needs and interests. It happens in a variety of settings, including not just the formal classroom, but museums, libraries, zoos, nature centers, digital learning environments, and media. Recognizing that the average American will spend 95% of their time outside of the classroom, this lecture series focuses on the science of non-formal teaching and learning and the important roles of non-formal learning in the lives of individuals and communities.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dr. Molly Shea (Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University)
Topic: Leveraging Multiple Forms of Expertise in Museum and Community-Based Collaborations
3:30 pm | Paleontology Hall | CU Museum of Natural History

Dr. Molly Shea explores how museums can collaborate and incorporate community expertise (informal education) into research and programs to better reflect the communities they serve.  Themes include: using community resources to design transformational spaces that reflect the identity of youth in their community; engaging families in design and implementation of STEM-rich making projects; how flexible, process-driven projects allow youth and adults to improvise and develop STEM practices that arise through collaborative design.
 
Molly Shea (PhD) in Education, University of Colorado at Boulder, Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Colorado at Boulder is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University. She is also the former Director of the Center for Informal Learning in Schools at the Exploratorium, which conducts research, collaboratively designs, and advocates for inquiry-based learning in the context of museums as central outreach centers. Dr. Shea focuses on the social, cultural, and historical interactions that shape human development.
 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dr. Rogers Hall (Professor and Chair, Dept. of Teaching & Learning, Vanderbilt University)
Ben Rydal Shapiro (PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University)
Topic: Understanding people’s “learning on the move” in a museum
3:30 pm | Paleontology Hall | CU Museum of Natural History


Spring 2018 Seminars

(TBD, please check back soon for updated information)