About this Study

The Leveling Up project investigated the learning dynamics of interest-driven online groups that support academically-relevant knowledge seeking and expertise development. How do online groups and platforms support feedback, publicity, and reputation development that fosters skills and expertise? What kinds of learning resources are in the environment, such as teachers, coaches, and instructional materials? What kinds of social and technological supports encourage young people to participate, persist, and achieve? What are the learning and social outcomes of participation?

Study Resources

Study Team Members

Mimi Ito

Mimi Ito

UC Irvine

Amanda Wortman

UC Irvine

Katie Salen

UC Irvine

The Leveling Up Project

Crystle Martin

El Camino College
The Leveling Up Project

Rachel Cody Pfister

UC San Diego
The Leveling Up Project

Matt Rafalow

YouTube