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Connected Learning for Informal Educators

Informal educators, such as librarians, teaching artists, museum educators, coaches, and afterschool providers are champions of interest-driven learning and mentorship. Many of our projects focus on supporting informal educators in documenting and evaluating the unique forms of learning that happens in informal settings. Connected learning provides a set of frameworks and design principles that are well suited for informal educators who serve diverse children and youth. We are researching the deployment of Connected Learning principles in libraries (Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries; Youth Library Services and Connected Learning). We’ve launched an open online course on Connected Learning assessment strategies and developed an online clearinghouse of useful research tools. We’ve conducted workshops that examine the role of influential social brokers in Connected Learning, and we are helping develop programs for youth serving educators to use Scratch in their programs, an online computer programming education environment.

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