Week Six: Connected Learning

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According to the Alliance for Excellent Education’s 2014 report, connected learning is “an educational approach that seeks to make learning relevant to all populations in both everyday life and work, taking into consideration the opportunities and realities of the digital age” (p. 3). The group goes on to say that the basic tenets of connected learning are:

Learners are the focus

Learning is powered by individual interests and supported by peers

Learning is continuous

Learners become makers and producers (p. 3)

This week, we’re going to focus on everything from the “why” of connected learning to the ways to employ connected learning.

Monday, February 26, 2017: “Describing the Why of Connected Learning,” webinar with Mimi Ito, Vera Michalchik, and William Penuel from September 22, 2014.
The unit available via the link below is a part of their Connected Courses initiative that focuses on helping instructors develop connected open courses.

Tuesday, February 27, 2017: Connected Learning—Digital Equity, “Opportunity for All? Digital Equity in the Lives of Lower-Income U.S. Families,” a Connected Learning Research Network blogpost by Vikki Katz:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017: “A Dive Into Connected Learning,” the Alliance for Excellent Education Webinar on Connected Learning from May 29, 2013. The webinar panel was moderated by Martens Roc and includes panelists Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Mimi Ito, Katie Salen, and Craig Watkins. Click on the audio link at the bottom of the following page: http://dmlhub.net/presentations/a-dive-into-connected-learning/

Thursday, March 2, 2017: DML Research Hub videos by filmmaker Nic Askew (soulbiographies.com)
“Connected Learning: Building on the Basics,” Nichole Pinkard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwYYiK4RrnY
“Connected Learning: Playing, Creating, Making,” Katie Salen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9xyrAsCe0M
“Connected Learning: Everyone, Everywhere, Anytime,” Mimi Ito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viHbdTC8a90

Friday, March 3, 2017: Twitter Chat from 12-1 p.m. EST
One of the goals of the Open Learning ’17 cMOOC is to facilitate a connected community. In the Twitter chat on March 3rd, we will discuss our areas of education (instructor, administrator, graduate student, etc.) and the ways we have used (or would like to use) open education resources in those areas. The hope is that the chat will help us to learn more about our cMOOC community members and continue to build connections!

Description and design of week six by week six director Dr. Stephanie J. Blackmon.
Post and page assembled by hub director Dr. Gardner Campbell.

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