National Writing Project


Connected Learning Study Group

An Online Learning Experience Sponsored by the National Writing Project

February 6 – May 29, 2013

In March 2012, the MacArthur Foundation shared a set of design and learning principles that emerged from their Digital Media and Learning Initiative of which the NWP is a member. These design and learning principles, called "Connected Learning" are meant to support a proposal for a new approach to learning anchored in a rich history of teaching and learning research and theory. They are also being designed to mine the learning potential of the new social and digital media domains.

In this study group we will explore the framework of connected learning, seek real-world examples of the principles in action, and ultimately explore how we might transform our own classrooms to make student learning increasingly connected in a way that best fits our own curriculum and student needs.

We will explore these principles through readings, examples of practice, and case studies in two-week-long individual sessions from February to May 2013. Participants will participate in online discussions and periodic Google Hangouts as well as help curate examples of Connected Learning principles in action.

This study group will be facilitated by teacher-consultants Joel Malley of the Western New York Writing Project and Jennifer Woollven of the Central Texas Writing Project. We hope you'll join us starting on February 6, 2013.

How to Participate

Participation in this online learning experience is limited to the first 25 registrants. To register, complete this form by January 25. You will be notified of your status once all slots have been filled.


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