This film examines how creativity, shunned in the industrial age approach to schooling, is essential to learners in a networked society and a critical element of connected learning.

We commissioned filmmaker Nic Askew ( to make a series of films about connected learning, a new approach to learning he called “courageous” and “transformational.”

Guided by six learning principles and three core values, connected learning is the outcome of a six-year research effort supported by the MacArthur Foundation into how learning, education, and schooling could be reimagined for a networked world.

The film asks:

  • ‘In this rapidly changing world might creativity need to sit at the heart of an education for all?’
  • ‘Might education now need to embrace these new forms of literacy for all students?’
  • ‘Might our future call for creative, literate, self expressive and resourceful students?’

The interview subject is DePaul University associate professor Nichole Pinkard, founder of Chicago’s pioneering Digital Youth Network (, supported by the MacArthur Foundation as part of its Digital Media and Learning initiative (

Other films in the connected learning series: