About the Workshop

October 5, 2016 | 9:30am – 5:00pm | University of California, Irvine. Student Center. Emerald Bay B

Drawing of the Beam by Frederic Remingon

What Will Happen

Connected courses are learning environments where participants form a networked community in order to explore a topic of mutual interest. Connected courses have been used to teach and learn about photography, digital storytelling, large-scale learning, feminist pedagogy, data analysis, and many other topics. They are characterized by an emphasis on student interest and agency, and they build upon ideas embedded in theories of Connected Learning. The technology platforms that support connected courses empower student ownership of online spaces, and they emphasize building networks over delivering content. Participants will investigate the theory and pedagogy behind connected courses, explore and and experiment with participating in existing courses, and then begin to develop the technology infrastructure to facilitate their own connected courses.



Time Activity
9:00-9:30am Welcome, Participant Interviews and Intros
9:30-10:00am Why Connected Courses
10:00-10:30am Shallow end: Connecting With Twitter
10:30-11:00am Setup Space and SPLOTS
11:00-11:15am Break
11:15am-12:30pm Explore Connected Courses
12:30-2:00pm Lunch (or feel free to keep building stuff!)
2:00-3:00pm Syndication Hubs
3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15--4:00pm Assignment Banks & Daily Creates
4:00-4:30pm Free Play
4:30-5:00pm Final questions and aspirations. Complete DML survey.

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Your guides...

Justin Reich

Executive Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab @bjfr

Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. He was previously the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, where he led the initiative to study large-scale open online learning through the HarvardX Initiative, and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Alan Levine

Itinerant Web Geek @cogdog

Alan Levine explores the potential of new technologies for education. He hoisted a web server on the Maricopa Community Colleges network in 1993 and has not left the web since. He has brought innovative ideas to his work with the New Media Consortium and the University of Mary Washington, and now is on his own as CogDog It. An early proponent of blogs and RSS, since 2003 Alan has shared his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog.com. Alan works from home in Strawberry, Arizona where his current interests include digital storytelling, photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the infinite river of the internet.

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Image Credits

Drawing of the Bean by Frecderick Remington: Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Animated GIF created with Giphy GIF Maker from the YouTube video of How The West Was One (1962 movie trailer)