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Learning Creative Learning

The MIT Media Lab & P2PU Present… A course for designers, technologists, and educators interested in creative learning: Learning Creative Learning.

Learning Creative Learning is offered by Mitch Resnick, who is the director of Lifelong Kindergarten and the LEGO Papert Professor at the MIT Media Lab. He has been a pioneer in technology & learning for a looooooong time. And has built such wonderful things as Scratch andProgrammable Bricks, a collaboration with the LEGO Company. More about Mitch is here.

For this course Mitch has been working closely with Natalie Rusk, a Research Scientist in the Lifelong Kindergarten group who founded the Computer Clubhouse, and Philipp Schmidt, Executive Director of P2PU and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. Natalie develops learning projects that build on young people’s interests. Philipp is interested in creating better ways for people to learn with each other online.

The platform is the web and things can be distributed and open. Another purpose is to create a model that is easy to replicate for anyone. Off-the-shelf Google+ tools, like Hangouts and Google+ communities; and open source software like the Mechanical MOOC (github) are utilized.


Introduction from the course site:


Learning Creative Learning is a course offered at the MIT Media Lab. It introduces ideas and strategies for designing technologies to support creative learning. This semester, for the first time, P2PU and the Media Lab are working together to bring the course online. We are opening up the seminars, course materials, and hands-on activities to anyone with a computer and Internet access. It’s a big experiment, we expect to learn a lot, and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

How is this going to work? What will I be learning and doing?

You learn a whole lot about learning. And because learning (and learning about learning) is more fun with more people we’ll group you with other students, so you can share ideas, give each other feedback, and make new friends. Each week we’ll focus on a particular topic related to creative learning, such as “Interest-Based Learning” or “Powerful Ideas” or “Tinkering.” We’ll host a panel discussion, inviting some of the world’s best thinkers and builders to join us in person or online. You’ll be able to suggest questions beforehand and follow along live (or watch it later). We’ll also design a hands-on activity for each week that you can tackle on your own or in a group (more fun!). You’ll get a chance to experiment with lots of different technologies and projects – many of which were developed in the Lifelong Kindergarten group right here at the MIT Media Lab.

An online experiment, learning by the seats of our pants … with you!

What you are looking at here is a BIG experiment. For the first time, we are opening the course to online participants. In the spirit of learning and technology, we hope that participants will jump in as collaborators rather than passive recipients. We want to tinker together. Things will break, but we are committed to fixing them along the way. We invite you to break and fix them together with us.

Note : All course materials licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.


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