The VITAL Collaborative was established in 2009 by Victor Lee to support research and design work in the areas of Learning Sciences and Instructional Technology. Our common goal is to explore issues of learning in and out of school, largely in STEM areas. Housed in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education, we focus primarily on research around visual representations, intuitive knowledge in the sciences, interaction analysis, cognitive science in education, new uses of technology in and out of schools, embodiment, the quantified self, and the maker movement. Favored theoretical frameworks include Knowledge in Pieces and Distributed Cognition. Research methods range from experimental to observational to archival to design-based research - whatever will get us closer to a better understanding and possible answers to important questions. We are an open and egalitarian intellectual community where all come to learn and challenge one another so that we may all refine our scholarly thinking and better understand how learning is shaped by minds, people, materials, and settings.