“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience week 2

Posted by on February 22, 2013 in TechMuse Blog, The Museum Learning Experience | 4 comments

“Learning Creative Learning” MIT online course: my experience week 2

Here I am, at the end of Week 2 of the experimental course offered through the MIT Media Lab. I’m especially intrigued about the potential implications for “connected learning” in a museum environment, so I’ve got my brain drawing connections that way. Notes from this week:

  • Our mini-community of 20, drawn from the thousands of people who signed up for the course, is down to 3-4 active participants, with a smattering of posts over the week. (I’m not sure we really had 20 active participants at the start  anyway — only 5 of the 20 posted from the start).  But, even a smattering among 3-4 people is enough to keep it alive.  I feel like I’m starting to know the people…
  • I’ve got some lag time with the readings — but I figure as long as I review/skim them before the weekly video session, I’ll have a heads up on where the speakers are coming from.
  • Maybe there’s a better way for me to keep track of the readings: maybe Evernote, though I didn’t see an option to save highlights and notations, which I like to do. Would Google Docs let me do this?
  • I don’t watch the class event live — it’s during work time — and I’d rather watch the YouTube video anyway when I’m more relaxed at night, and can pause, fast forward, rewind — easier to multitask…(Nice to know though that “live” is an option — makes it more real)
  • “Connected learning” (Mimi Ito) – includes support of friends, and opportunity to aim toward some kind of achievement
  • Joi Ito: sometimes a benefit in not planning too far if you have the agility to respond to the moment
  • Implication for museums: “Events” and “programs” are on the rise in relation to exhibits, but often they’re just single moment occurences.  I think we need something weekly for at least 4-5 weeks for “connected learning” to happen. I’ve been playing with this on a project.


  1. Am I in your small group? I am not sure who is in my group. I hate to admit it, but I am a little confused with who is where. After listening to the intro of the Session 2 video, I realize just how many people have signed up! I am also curious about the room someone in our group set up. I entered my avatar and couldn’t find anyone there! I do agree that is is not easy to watch the live video as I have students at that time. I am enjoying my experience and listening to others.

    • Hi Peggy —

      Yes, it’s pretty massive! Probably the best way to find your group is to check your original email on Feb. 10 titled “Learning Creative Learning – Let’s get started!”, and then reply to that email and ask for a link to your group on google+. (When you reply to that email, it only goes to your group of 20, not the full list of 24,000!). Good luck!

  2. Hi Brad,
    I am totally into the process and mechanics of this course. I am using Nuance’s Paperport app on my iPad for the readings. I load all of the reading eac week, email the to a friend who is also in this course and then highlight and mark them up.I work at a school and a trying to sort out how online courses will be effective for my kids and what kinds of skills hey will need to support their learning.

    Our group is sifting out too. I would love a way to post in the small group so that it also gets.posted to the large group so that I could create my own ad hoc circle to add to my group.

  3. Hi Deb — thanks for the tip on Paperport, I’ll check it out. I don’t read as many articles as I used to, but I know I need a better way to keep a handle on thoughts/notes.

    You’re right on the unwieldy process posting to both groups (I end up cutting and pasting). Our group is down to three of us, but we di our first Google Hangout today, which was pretty cool. Has got me thinking…


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