HiveNYC: Diffusion of Innovations in the Field of Digital Media & Learning



The Hive Research Lab (HRL) is an applied research partner of the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network and a project of Indiana University and New York University. It acts as an embedded research lab investigating and collaborating with network stakeholders, including network stewards at Mozilla Foundation, funders associated with the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund at the New York Community Trust and, most importantly, the 56 Hive NYC member organizations throughout New York City.

Its mandate is to investigate and strengthen the Hive NYC Learning Network as a context for innovation in out-of-school learning organizations and as a support for interest-driven learning by young people. In the process, HRL aims to advance the theory and practice related to creating robust regional learning networks. The central areas of investigation concern the development of youth trajectories and pathways within Hive NYC and the functioning of the network as an infrastructure for learning innovation. The project is guided by a design-based research methodology, as well as a core set of values in research.

Support for this project comes from the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund at the New York Community Trust (Grant #P13-000160).


Project Members


Kylie Peppler
Rafi Santo
Chris Hoadley
Dixie Ching