connected courses

The coming two weeks will no doubt engender a dynamic (and hopefully playful) conversation about co-learning in the Connected Courses community.  I am honored to facilitate the topic along with colleagues Alec Couros and Howard Rheingold who have been exploring these issues for some time.  Of all the topics we considered tackling when designing the Connected Courses “spine”, this one seemed to me...
(This was originally posted at my blog, Kevin's Meandering Mind) I had a good friend in an one of my very first bands (The Roadbowlers!), and when I would bring in original songs for the three of us to play, she would always be so appreciative and receptive, even if the song sucked and fell apart (more often, than not, it turns out). Susanna was just learning to play guitar but her philosophy...
(This is a blog post as part of the Connected Courses project) This comic is just an extension of thinking about how some universities require faculty to use a certain Learning Management System and how that requirement hems in both the teacher and the learners in many ways. When  we talk about open learning systems in space like Connected Courses, this may a roadblock for many faculty. I like...
Last Saturday at the Literacy Essentials Conference at CCSU, CWP-Fairfield 2012 teacher, Colette Bennett, presented a workshop called: "High Tech Reading Circles" with colleagues from her school. Colette stepped up  literacy leadership in the state partially through a small enhancement fund CWP-Fairfield made available to teachers through the NWP SEED Teacher Leadership grant). The presentation...
Usually when I teach a composition class, I create a syllabus that covers a range of essay genres or that explores methods of critical thinking. I structure the course so students write narratives, descriptions, arguments, and research projects. At the end of the class, I expect students to be able to use what they’ve learned in their future courses and in their professions. The problem is that...
I’ll be blogging in response to a webinar series offered by connectedlearning.tv at the invitation of the National Writing Project’s Digital Is . In last week’s webinar, Philipp Schmidt, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Peer2Peer University (P2PU) , spoke with host Howard Rheingold and a small panel of doctoral students who study connected learning. P2PU, a grassroots online open...