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.
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.
Learn more about Justin...
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
Learn more about Alan
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