Data Archive for Interdisciplinary Research on Learning

Data Archive for Interdisciplinary Research on Learning (DAIRL), developed in partnership with ICPSR at the University of Michigan, provides a public infrastructure for researchers to access and share data and written works in order to advance practically relevant knowledge about student learning.

Given the complexity of studying student experience, DAIRL was designed to support scholars in applying an interdisciplinary and multimethod lens to research. This lens can better equip researchers to answer questions arising from education practice and policy and generate new insights about the structures, contexts, and psychological processes that shape students’ learning and learning environments. The archive contains a curated collection of searchable datasets to facilitate scholarly activities, such as conducting novel secondary research that can inform practice and policy, replicating existing findings, pilot testing ideas in support of a funding application, and teaching courses.


Our summary of DAIRL holdings gives an overview of the archive contents and contains information that can be used to identify datasets of interest. All datasets in DAIRL have detailed documentation, including access instructions where datasets are restricted.

DAIRL also features a working paper series, which contains written works developed through Student Experience Research Network initiatives that highlight pressing topics and emerging themes in practice, policy, and scholarship on learning.


Data can be searched via the Find Data and Find Variables pages. Relevant scholarly work can be accessed on the Bibliography page.

Support for navigating DAIRL data, conducting and communicating about rigorous and responsive research on student learning, using the archive for teaching and mentoring, and other helpful information can be found on the User Resources page.

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