During the summers of 2013, 2014, and 2015, educators from the National Writing Project network (NWP) designed and facilitated CLMOOC to support educators (both in and outside of schools) 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 originally designed to be a connected learning experience itself, in the spirit that Joe described—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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