This interdisciplinary graduate seminar, which is open to the public, aims to immerse students in the field of connected learning through interaction with many of connected learning’s most respected scholars. Speakers will share their work in an interactive setting with students, exploring the various ways in which connected learning scholars are researching, designing, and mobilizing learning technologies in equitable, innovative, and learner-centered ways. Learning within the seminar will be hands on, social, and connected.
An Introduction to Connected Learning and the Connected Learning Research Network
Dr. Mizuko Ito
Thursday, January 9, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist specializing in learning and new media, particularly among young people in Japan and the US.
Description: Today’s digital and online media demand an approach to learning keyed to a networked and interconnected world. The Connected Learning Research Network (CLRN) was an interdisciplinary group of scholars, designers, and educational practitioners, tasked with researching how learning in a digitally networked world, and offering a revitalized vision for education during these changing times. Through a series of research and design projects and collaborations, the CLRN has worked to develop and adapt the connected learning framework as a set of research commitments and design framework. Ito, who chaired this MacArthur Foundation funded network for a decade, will provide an introduction to how the connected learning framework was developed, its core commitments, and ongoing challenges.
The “Comadre” Project: An Asset-Based Design Approach to Connecting Low-Income Latinx Families to Out-of-School Learning Opportunities
Dr. Alex Cho
Thursday, January 16, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Alex Cho is a digital media anthropologist and human-centered design researcher who studies how young people use social media.
Description: This talk walks through an asset-based/ human-centered design research process and pilot aimed at connecting low-income families in a Southern California city with local low-cost out-of-school learning opportunities. Based on background research including qualitative interviewing, home visits, technology inventories and use walkthroughs with 40 low-income, majority Latinx families, we created and piloted a free subscription SMS service that automatically pushes bilingual SMS messages with curated information on local low-cost enrichment learning opportunities to low-income families. We framed our human-centered design process through an intersectional, “asset-based approach,” which recognizes that marginalized communities have already developed robust, culturally-specific social practices to enable them to navigate the world, seeks to amplify them, and refrains from imposing a top-down or preconceived “idea” of intervention.
Tech and Learning
Dr. Kurt Squire
Thursday, January 23, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Kurt Squire is an educational game designer and scholar who studies how video games can enrich the minds of young people in and out of the classroom.
Dr. Veronica Newhart
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Veronica Newhart studies the use of telepresence robots to support social connectedness for improved health, academic, and social outcomes.
Equity and Society
Dr. Meryl Alper
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Meryl Alper studies the social and cultural implications of communication technologies, with a focus on disability, children, and family.
Equity and Society
Dr. Roderic Crooks
Thursday, February 6, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Roderic Crooks studies the use of digital technology in minoritized communities and the civic institutions that serve them.
Equity and Society
Dr. Tiera Chantè Tanksley
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Tiera Chantè Tanksley studies the intersectional impacts of race, gender, class and age on the experiences of Black girls in media, tech, and education.
Dr. Stephanie Reich
Thursday, February 13, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Stephanie Reich’s research focuses on understanding and improving the social context of children’s lives through examining parent and peer interactions.
Dr. Stephen Schueller
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Stephen Schueller studies digital mental health, with a focus on expanding the accessibility and availability of mental health resources through technology.
Dr. Daniel Epstein and Dr. Işıl Oygür İlhan
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Daniel Epstein draws on Human-Computer Interaction methods to examine how personal tracking technology can better account for realities of everyday life.
Dr. Işıl Oygür İlhan is a design ethnographer whose current research focuses on health tracking practices in the context of families.
Connected Learning in Action
Mr. Mike Marriner
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Mr. Mike Marriner traveled the US upon graduation to interview leaders and learn how they got to where they are today. He has since written a book and co-founded RoadTrip Nation to offer other students that same experiential learning opportunity.
Connected Learning in Action (Panel)
Dr. Constance Steinkuehler & Dr. Katie Salen Tekinbas
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (3:30-4:50PM PT at Anteater Learning Pavilion 1100)
Dr. Constance Steinkuehler researches the cognitive and social aspects of multiplayer online videogames and esports.
Dr. Katie Salen Tekinbas is a designer working at the intersections of youth, online play, and learning.