Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chat Planning: Join us on Friday, April 24, 9AM (Norman)

Thanks to everybody for your great participation in the Friday, April 10 chat! You can see the Storify archive here at the blog, or over at the Storify site.

NEXT CHAT: And this will be our last chat of the semester! :-)
  • Friday, April 24, 9AM-10AM (Norman time)


Please feel free to comment with advance materials! I highly recommend a visit to

And please help us come up with some good questions! You can leave comments here or tweet (use #OpenTeachingOU hashtag).

Perhaps graphic below can spark questions you'd like to see! Here are some questions inspired by the graphic:

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Q1 LEARNING NETWORKS: How can we promote student engagement and connections both inside class and beyond the class setting?

Q2: INTERESTS: How can we design connected courses that further learner agency and connect up with student interests?

Q3: PEERS AND PURPOSE: How can we help students pursue common goals and make peer connections in their learning?

Q4: PRODUCTION: How can active learning and maker-culture help create connections among learners? how about among teachers?

Q5: SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES: What are the ways in which connected learning contributes to academic success? life success?

Q6: SUMMER CONNECTIONS: What connected learning adventures are you hoping to have this summer? 

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Here's a wonderful infographic about Connected Learning. You can see the jumbo-sized version of the graphic for details.

There's so much going on here. You can see the different pieces below, and I've transcribed the text:

Connected Learning. Equitable, Social, and Participatory. Connected learning is a model of learning that holds out the possibility of reimagining the experience of education in the information age. It draws on the power of today's technology to fuse young people's interests, friendships, and academic achievement through experiences laced with hands-on production, shared purpose, and open networks.

Peer Culture. Connected learning thrives in a socially meaningful and knowledge-rich ecology of ongoing participation, self-expression, and recognition. In their everyday exchanges with peers and friends, young people fluidly contribute, share, and give feedback. Powered with possibilities made available by today's social media, this peer culture can produce learning that's engaging and powerful.

Openly Networked. Connected learning environments link learning in school, home, and community, because learners achieve best when their learning is reinforced and supported in multiple settings. Online platforms can make learning resources abundant, accessible, and visible across all learner settings.

Academic. Connected learning recognizes the importance of academic success for intellectual growth and as an avenue towards economic and political opportunity. When academic studies and institutions draw from and connect to young people's peer culture, communities, and interest-driven pursuits, learners flourish and realize their true potential.

Active Relevant Real-World Effective Hands-On
Networked Innovative Personal Transformative

Shared Purpose. Today's social media and web-based communities provide unprecedented opportunities for caring adults, teachers, parents, learners, and their peers to share interests and contribute to a common purpose. The potential of cross-generational learning and connection unfolds when centered on common goals.

Interests. Interests foster the drive to gain knowledge and expertise. Research has repeatedly shown that when the topic is personally interesting and relevant, learners achieve much higher-order learning outcomes. Connected learning views interests and passions that are developed in a social context as essential elements.

Production-Centered. Connected learning prizes the learning that comes from actively producing, creating, experimenting, and designing, because it promotes skills and dispositions for lifelong learning, and for making meaningful contributions to today's rapidly changing work and social conditions.

Collaborate Share Empowered Supported Space

Knowledge Achieve Recognition

Cross-Generational Expertise Diverse Mobilize 

Credit: Connected Learning Research Network and Digital Media & Learning Research Hub

This Connected Learning Infographic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. You may Share and Adapt it, but you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.

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