To address the need for teacher professional learning that positions teachers as co-designers in a collaborative, production-centered learning environment, we used the connected learning framework to design and implement a six-week Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic of writing-as-making for university faculty, in-service K-12 teachers, and pre-service teachers in K-12 teacher preparation programs. Our goal is to remix the best characteristics of traditional professional development, MOOC learning environments, and out-of-school learning principles in an effort to create a professional development option that is open, accessible, and online as well as supporting teacher agency, voice, and choice. The in-service teachers who are teaching in our state will also be able to take the MOOC for credit toward their continuing professional development. This poster will share the design of the MOOC, providing sample learning activities to illustrate and explain how the connected learning framework was used to design a collaborative, production-centered MOOC that fosters teacher agency.
Excited to be part of a great structured poster session accepted for presentation at AERA 2018 in NYC. My poster, titled Instructors as Brokers of Digital Learning Opportunity: Exploring Brokering Practices in Connected Teacher Education Classrooms, examines the brokering moves of instructors in 2 educational tech courses for preservice teachers. It’s part of a poster session titled From Connected Learning to Connected Teaching: Toward a New Vision of Digital Literacy Teacher Education, sharing research by Antero Garcia, Kira Baker-Doyle, Nicole Mirra, Christina Cantrill, Nathan Phillips, Rebecca Woodard, Stephanie Rollag, Maggie Struck, and Anna Smith.
The special issue of IJILT that I guest edited on the topic of Research Trends in Instructional Technology is now available. The articles cover topics including makerspaces, 1:1 device initiatives, e-textiles, and tech integration in elementary math classes. I invite you to check out my editorial and all of the great articles in the issue.
My colleague Dr. Vicki McQuitty (co-Director, Maryland Writing Project) and I were awarded a SET Seed Funding Grant for 2017-2019. The grant supports our work on a design-based research project to design, implement, and research a MOOC that will support professional learning for faculty, teacher-leaders, and pre-service teachers, around the topics of connected learning and writing-as-making. We’ve spent the summer laying the groundwork, and we anticipate running the first iteration of the MOOC in January 2018. Stay tuned for details!
I was fortunate to work with two terrific scholars, Stephanie Schmier and Liz Johnson, on this publication, forthcoming in the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy!
Schmier, S., Johnson, E., & Lohnes Watulak, S. (in press). Going public: Exploring the possibilities for publishing student interest-driven writing beyond the classroom. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy.
An article that I co-authored with Dr. Dean Whitfield (a former EDTL doctoral student) was accepted and will be published by E-Learning and Digital Media. The article is titled Examining College Students’ Uptake of Facebook Through the Lens of Domestication Theory.
My co-authors and I were invited by the Journal of Language and Literacy Education to write a follow up to our 2011 article Technology Stalled: Exploring the New Digital Divide in One Urban School for their Take 2 feature. Scroll down to November 2016 to read our take.
Exciting news – I was recently appointed the Associate Editor for North America for the International Journal of Information and Learning Technology. The journal is indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index. We are looking for submissions from academic computing, learning technologists, and library sciences on a range of topics related to information and learning technology!
I will be on sabbatical during the Fall 2016 semester. My sabbatical research project focuses on exploring the potential for connected learning in pre-service technology education. I’m also excited to be participating in the Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital Through Connected Learning workshop at the Digital Media and Learning conference.