Begins: May 1, 2013
Ends: August 31, 2015

CLMOOC: A Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration

Kicking off in the summer 2013, educators from the National Writing Project network designed and facilitated CLMOOC to support educators in playing with the design and learning framework of Connected Learning. The Connected Learning framework supports learning as an interest-driven, production-centered activity in networked and peer-based communities and grew out of work of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

CLMOOC was designed to be a connected learning experience itself—an openly networked, self-sponsored learning collaboration built on notions of a production-centered participatory culture. Through support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and as part of the Educator Innovator, CLMOOC initially ran from 2013-2015 and involved thousands of teachers alongside Educator Innovator partner organizations. It was designed as a massive open online collaboration rather than a course, as is typically meant by “MOOC” and its technological design and infrastructure were influenced by other connectivist, open, online opportunities in the larger field of cMOOCs (connectivist Massive Open Online Courses), such as #change11, #etmooc, #DS106, #rhizo.

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National Writing Project

The National Writing Project (NWP), the founder of the Educator Innovator Initiative, is a network of educators and dedicated practitioners working together to improve practice with an eye toward young people as producers. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer and maker, not just a passive consumer.