After a weekend of occasional eavesdropping on the Digital Learning Research Network‘s first conference in Stanford, CA, I decided it was time to reach out to Laura Gogia at the nearby ALTlab of VCU. Acknowledging my own, and very likely her, busy schedules, I proposed to visit this winter over a coffee or lunch or some such banality and hear about what a colleague on a similar path had done with herself.
Instead, she proposed we talk. Now. And we did. It’s such a boost to find a colleague who has been through the same struggles of finding like minds and relevant research. In one hour @googleguacamole introduced me to her recently convieved survey of this emerging field: a tripartite of connected learning, networked learning, and the open education movement.
It’s a framework that provides an essential map for beginning to navigate this often convoluted, ambiguous, overlapping, and unclear set of research and questions emerging in education in the digital age. She’ll be presenting the intricacies of this framework at the Networked Learning Conference in Lancaster next May, so go ahead and get your tickets now.
In the meantime, I have fodder to last me for a while, and a crucial toe-hold for wrapping up my manuscript that has grown out of my 2015 AAG presentation. Which I WILL finish this week.