Learning Creative Learning from the Media Lab

The MIT Media Lab and OCW collaborators P2PU are rolling out a new open course, Learning Creative Learning. The course starts February 11th, and signup is open. The course is using some of the tools created for the Mechanical MOOC Python course.

Here’s how the course team describes the experience:


Learning Creative Learning is a course offered at the MIT Media Lab. It introduces ideas and strategies for designing technologies to support creative learning. This semester, for the first time, P2PU and the Media Lab are working together to bring the course online. We are opening up the seminars, course materials, and hands-on activities to anyone with a computer and Internet access. It’s a big experiment, we expect to learn a lot, and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

How is this going to work? What will I be learning and doing?

You learn a whole lot about learning. And because learning (and learning about learning) is more fun with more people we’ll group you with other students, so you can share ideas, give each other feedback, and make new friends. Each week we’ll focus on a particular topic related to creative learning, such as “Interest-Based Learning” or “Powerful Ideas” or “Tinkering.” We’ll host a panel discussion, inviting some of the world’s best thinkers and builders to join us in person or online. You’ll be able to suggest questions beforehand and follow along live (or watch it later). We’ll also design a hands-on activity for each week that you can tackle on your own or in a group (more fun!). You’ll get a chance to experiment with lots of different technologies and projects – many of which were developed in the Lifelong Kindergarten group right here at the MIT Media Lab.

An online experiment, learning by the seats of our pants … with you!

What you are looking at here is a BIG experiment. For the first time, we are opening the course to online participants. In the spirit of learning and technology, we hope that participants will jump in as collaborators rather than passive recipients. We want to tinker together. Things will break, but we are committed to fixing them along the way. We invite you to break and fix them together with us.

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