Make Cycle 3: Interest-powered, peer-supported, and connected

Welcome to Make Cycle Three in the Making Learning Connected collaboration! Thanks to Stephanie West-Puckett and Karen Fasimpaur for last week’s exploration of Connected Learning Design Principles. The creations that sprouted and bloomed last week in #clmooc were evidence of this inspiring network’s ability to create, share, and support each other in making, hacking and learning.

For this second Make Cycle, we focus our thinking and reflection around the Learning Principles in Connected Learning: interest-powered, peer-supported, and connected to larger systems.

As you create and compose this week, we invite you to think about these questions:

  • How is what you create driven by your interests?
  • How is your learning and making supported by peers?
  • How is your learning and making connected to larger systems?

As always, share your “makes” this week in our Google Plus community, on Twitter with the hashtag #clmooc, and in the Make Bank. One way to investigate peer-supported learning is to collaborate with other participants. Consider harnessing the social tools we use for #clmooc togroup and collaborate. If you are curious about what a typical cycle will look like, you can read through the post about the Arc of a Make Cycle.

Make With Me

One way to explore the learning principles of Connected Learning this week is to make a map. Though the possibilities are endless, here are a few to consider:

Map important learning or your #clmooc experience so far

If learning is a journey, where has it taken you? Where did you begin? Where are you now? When have you charted undiscovered country? When have you bumped into a border? How does making helping your learning journey move forward or into new ground?

(Prezi is just one tool you might consider playing with in mapping your learning. Here are some Prezi maps and here’s Prezi’s getting started guide.)

Create a literal map and use it to tell a story

What is the connection between place and story? When is a map integral to a memory, or vital to a memoir? How does the physical place you inhabit impacts your making and learning?

(Google is just one tool you might consider using to create a map to tell a story. Here is a great tutorial from Amit Agarwal in his blog Tech Inspiration and here’s Google’s support for getting started with maps.)

Map important connections

What are some of the important connections you have made in your Personal Learning Network, in #clmooc, or even in your local writing project? What do the connections you make look like and how do they support your learning and your making?

(Cacoo is just one tool you might consider to create a concept map or diagram. Here’s a primer by Brian Weir, and here’s a supportive video tutorial by mrmadden77.)

OR… Go on a learning walk

What can you learn from the places around you? Mary Ann Riley’s blog post, Being in the Middle: Learning Walks, shares her vision for an experimental approach to rhizomatic learning with students that involves walking, seeing, recording and learning.

What might you create on a walk in the places around you?

(This YouTube playlist might help you identify still more possibilities.)

Places to Share

Here are some handy links that might help you with your sharing and connecting:

You can submit your blog to the Making Learning Connected Blog Hub, which will collect and showcase blog posts from participants.

If you make your map, or any other creation offline, please post an image of your make in one of these spaces. Sharing is part of the “make” cycle here.

Live Events

This Tuesday, July 2nd, from 8-9 p.m Eastern (5-6 p.m. Pacific/ 6-7 p.m. Mountain/ 7-8 p.m. Central) , we’re hosting an on-air G+ Hangout, live streamed with a synchronous chat here at CLMOOC. We’ll share our makes-in-progress and explore peer support while we discuss the ways we map learning, places, connections, stories, and concepts.

Prior to that, on Tuesday, July 2nd, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern (10-11 a.m. Pacific/ 11-12 a.m. Mountain/ 12-1 p.m. Central), Connected Learning TV kicks off their Webinar series Writers at Work: Making and Connected Learning. This webinar will fuel discussion in #clmooc about Connected Learning and making.

On Wednesday, July 3rd, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern (10-11 a.m. Pacific/ 11-12 a.m. Mountain/ 12-1 p.m. Central) , our #clmooc Twitter chat will join with #literacies chat where we can reflect on our learning and work in the context of a discussion about demands and dimensions of contemporary literacies.

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Remember to take advantage of this opportunity to learn in community. Share your work in progress and consider inviting collaborators to help with your make. Or, check out the invitations to collaborate in #clmooc’s Make Bank, where some opportunities to map and collaborate already live.

Jaap Bosman proposed Streetview and Chris Clark offered his Where I’m From Poem make. Finally, Daniel Bassill floated this idea: Create a Participant Map of #clmooc.

Whether you try one of the ideas above or continue to make meaning in #clmooc in some other way that works best for you, we hope you’ll see the participants in #clmooc as resources for your learning. Please pose questions, take tangents and keep connecting.


Joe Dillon and Anna Smith and the rest of the Making Learning Connected MOOC facilitators