We help create learning experiences, improve organizational culture, and solve open-ended problems through human-centered design.

InGlobal Learning Design is a Michigan-based nonprofit organization focusing on instructional design, project management, development of learning technologies, and learning experiences for professionals of all types. Through the use of a six phase human centered design process, cultivation of a design mindset, and playful learning, InGlobal develops capacity for innovation, collaboration, civic engagement, social entrepreneurship, and creativity. It is closely affiliated with the Interactive Communications & Simulations Group (ICS) at the University of Michigan.

InGlobal Learning Design collaborates with nonprofit, education, and private sector leaders to develop solutions to educational, social, and organizational challenges.

We support practitioners, creative professionals, and organizations with innovative solutions based on insights into human needs, rapid prototyping, user-testing, and interdisciplinary team work.

We’re passionate about:

  • Human-centered design
  • Cultivating design mindsets
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Civic engagement
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Creativity
  • Gameful/playful learning

Board of Directors

Remi Kalir
President

Remi Kalir is an Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development. He plays at the intersection of the learning sciences and teacher education, designing novel environments and experiences for both pre-and in-service teachers across multiple settings, practices, and disciplines.

Remi KalirPresident

Remi Kalir is an Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development. He plays at the intersection of the learning sciences and teacher education, designing novel environments and experiences for both pre-and in-service teachers across multiple settings, practices, and disciplines.

R.J. Quiambao
Treasurer

R.J. Quiambao is an Assistant Director of Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures, a network of 21st Century Community Learning Centers active in southeast Michigan’s I-94 corridor.  For 8 years, R.J. had served as the site coordinator of the Bright Futures program at Ypsilanti Community Middle School, where his work with students was centered around guiding them towards realizing their own agency through supportive social-emotional learning and intentional design thinking. His professional interests include widening access to art and technology education in underserved communities, learning through gaming and simulation, and emphasizing the importance after school programming.

R.J. QuiambaoTreasurer

R.J. Quiambao is an Assistant Director of Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures, a network of 21st Century Community Learning Centers active in southeast Michigan’s I-94 corridor.  For 8 years, R.J. had served as the site coordinator of the Bright Futures program at Ypsilanti Community Middle School, where his work with students was centered around guiding them towards realizing their own agency through supportive social-emotional learning and intentional design thinking. His professional interests include widening access to art and technology education in underserved communities, learning through gaming and simulation, and emphasizing the importance after school programming.

Lauren Fardig
Secretary

Lauren Fardig-Diop is an educator and restorative practitioner at A.C.C.E. alternative high school in Ypsilanti, Michigan, who formerly taught in NYC public schools for 10 years.  She is also currently training educators to use restorative practices through Eastern Michigan University and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. An alumnus of the University of Michigan’s Secondary MAC program, she has long been an eager participant in ICS and iiE projects. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, and on the PBS News Hour.

Lauren FardigSecretary

Lauren Fardig-Diop is an educator and restorative practitioner at A.C.C.E. alternative high school in Ypsilanti, Michigan, who formerly taught in NYC public schools for 10 years.  She is also currently training educators to use restorative practices through Eastern Michigan University and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. An alumnus of the University of Michigan’s Secondary MAC program, she has long been an eager participant in ICS and iiE projects. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, and on the PBS News Hour.

Ellen Zwarensteyn

Ellen Zwarensteyn is Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Civic Education, and Director of Debate/Forensics for Kentwood (Michigan) Public Schools. She has BA degrees in International Relations and Women’s Studies from Michigan State University, a teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University, an MS from Grand Valley State University with an MS in Communications Studies, Political Identity and High School Debate.

Ellen Zwarensteyn

Ellen Zwarensteyn is Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Civic Education, and Director of Debate/Forensics for Kentwood (Michigan) Public Schools. She has BA degrees in International Relations and Women’s Studies from Michigan State University, a teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University, an MS from Grand Valley State University with an MS in Communications Studies, Political Identity and High School Debate.

Executive Director

Jeff Kupperman

In addition to his role as InGlobal’s Executive Director, Jeff Kupperman teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is a core member of the University of Michigan’s Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) group. His work focuses on the cultivation of design mindsets and the development of educational experiences that push the boundaries of play, communication, social action, and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan.

Jeff Kupperman

In addition to his role as InGlobal’s Executive Director, Jeff Kupperman teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is a core member of the University of Michigan’s Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) group. His work focuses on the cultivation of design mindsets and the development of educational experiences that push the boundaries of play, communication, social action, and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan.