About Me

An artist by training, Dr. Peppler is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences 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 at Indiana University, Dr. Peppler is the Chief Learning Officer at Collective Shift/LRNG, the 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 recent 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.

You can learn more about Dr. Peppler at www.kpeppler.com and more about the Creativity Labs at www.creativitylabs.com.