Frequently Asked Questions

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Illustration by @dogtrax

What am I signing up for?

CLMOOC will begin June 18 and end August 2, 2015. Over the course of these 6 weeks we will play with new tools and processes, share our results and our learning, and explore the educational framework known as Connected Learning.

Signing up here at the CLMOOC blog means that you will receive the newsletters beginning June 18. Each week’s newsletter will be organized around make cycles that start on Monday and end Sunday. The cycles are not chronological but are instead meant to be iterative. Participants can therefore choose to participate in all the cycles over weeks, or come in and out of the event as per interest and availability.

Who is organizing this?

CLMOOC is an event offered by Educator Innovator and is powered by staff and networked colleagues from the National Writing Project.

What are the goals of CLMOOC?

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  • To engage participants in interest-driven, making-centered experiences that embody the principles and values of Connected Learning;
  • To encourage a collaborative approach and a reflective stance toward the processes of making and learning; and,
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to plan for an enactment of these experiences in their educational setting in the Fall.

It is also super fun!

What does “CLMOOC” mean?

CLMOOC stands for Connected Learning MOOC – a massively open online collaboration. Ours is completely open and free of charge to anyone who wants to participate. We will provide many opportunities for participants to connect but your learning will be directed by you.

“What is a MOOC?” courtesy of Dave Cormier

How will CLMOOC work?

You can join CLMOOC by signing up on our homepage to get more information. Once you do, you’ll receive communications about the MOOC as well as the weekly make cycles newsletters once the event begins. Newsletters will be filled with opportunities for participation as well as highlights from the community.

We have established places for sharing during CLMOOC, and if you already blog or have your own space for writing and sharing, you can connect that site to the larger MOOC community once our blog hub re-opens. You can work where you are most comfortable. If you are new to working in open online spaces, we will send out some guidelines for how to get started closer to the event itself.

Where can we share?

Check out the Making Learning Connected G+ community and @clmooc on Twitter. In both the G+ community and on Twitter, you can search for CLMOOC related posts and tag your own posts with the hashtag: #clmooc.

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Illustration by @dogtrax

Is there an instructor?

There are teams of facilitators, coaches, and make cycles leaders, plus staff from the National Writing Project, who will be behind the scenes supporting CLMOOC and its community. As educators who are members of the National Writing Project and partners of Educator Innovator, we believe in peer-learning and will work to support and encourage connections and exploration.

How much time will CLMOOC take?

The 2015 event will run from June 18–August 2, 2015. It will be organized in weekly make cycles that will allow you to come and go or stay to participate in all the cycles. This open design is intentional and we hope that everyone will feel comfortable customizing the experience to their own needs.

What is Connected Learning?

Connected Learning is a research and design-based approach to education. It is based on the learning principles of being interest-powered, peer-supported, and academically-oriented. It is based on the design principles of being production-centered, openly-networked, and shared purpose. And it espouses core values of equity, social connection, and full participation.

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Illustration by @dogtrax

What is up with all this “Making”?

A “make,” as we use the term, is any project or work where you are creating something. In CLMOOC, we draw heavily from ideas from Connected Learning which emphasize creating and production-centered learning. Possible makes in CLMOOC could include something you write (a story, poem, play, etc.) or draw (painting, comic, etc.), a web page or app you create, something you bake, or a social network or connection you form. We’ll be connecting makes to the Connected Learning principles, and while we’ll suggest some makes you might do, we really hope that participants will come up with their own ideas that are meaningful to them. Our suggestions for makes are merely that – suggestions.

Read more about make cycles as well as visit our Make Bank to learn more.

If this is free, who is paying for it?

This MOOC is being generously sponsored by Educator Innovator which is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Is credit being offered for this MOOC?

No formal credit is being offered through CLMOOC, however, you can explore local options for obtaining credit through your district or other institution.

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Illustration by @dogtrax

Am I late?! Why are so many using the hashtag #clmooc already?

Whenever you connect with CLMOOC you are exactly on time. That is because CLMOOC is designed as a set of iterative cycles and you are welcome to come and go as you please.

Historically, CLMOOC (also known as Making Learning Connected) ran for the first time in the summer 2013 and the hashtag #clmooc was established then. That tag continues to be used beyond the summer so we encourage you to follow and add it to your own posts if you are interested.

If I participated in CLMOOC 2013 or 2014, how is it going to be different this summer?

Like CLMOOC 2013 and 2014, the timeline will be structured by make cycles and we’ll be using Connected Learning principles as the foundation for our learning and reflections. Also similar to last summer, participants will be able to customize their experience to fit their own needs and learning goals.

If you’ve been here before what you know that is the Connected Learning principles and the concept of make-to-learn creates a virtual infinite number of experiences, allowing this summer to be uniquely different from what came before. So please don’t hesitate to jump right back in.

Also, while the structure and intention of the MOOC will be similar, there are several things that will make for a different experience. For instance, we will be welcoming many new colleagues and partners who didn’t participate last summer and we will also be engaging in different making activities from last summer led by teams who took up the challenge to lead their own make cycles. There will also be a new set of opportunities to take your work to the next step with support of experienced CLMOOCers and we invite you to also consider how you might make, share, and lead this year in new ways.

Who is the National Writing Project (NWP)?

The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation’s educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning. Writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world. Located on nearly 200 university and college campuses, NWP works in partnership with K-12 schools, libraries, museums, after-school programs, and local Writing Project sites to provide high-quality, sustained professional development for over 100,000 teachers a year. Through its many successful programs and partnerships, the organization reaches 1.4 million Pre-K through college-age students in over 3,000 schools districts annually.

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Illustration by @dogtrax

What is Educator Innovator?

As a network of networks, Educator Innovator gathers together like-minded colleagues and organizations whose interests and spirit exemplify Connected Learning: an approach that sees learning as interest-driven, peer supported, and oriented toward powerful outcomes. Educator Innovator and its partners support learning opportunities for teachers, youth workers, mentors, librarians, and museum educators that are open, re-mixable, and typically free or low-cost—and that share the goal of more powerful and connected learning for youth.

Special thanks to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support of Educator Innovator.