In a couple of days it will be June.  Let’s face it, summer is indeed here.  ….That wonderful time of year when the world is in full bloom and ideas percolate.  As the summer suddenly arrives on the doorstep, I have this personal ritual of creating my annual “Summer Manifesto”.  It is a wish list.  I jot down all the various things I want to be able to do over the summer.  The list is usually packed with some pretty ambitious work-related goals (i.e. write that book chapter, grant proposal, etc).  I have some wonderful professional experiences planned (including participation in the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria BC, as well as a special week at UC-Irvine with my Digital Media and Learning Research Hub colleagues as we explore the potential of #connectedlearning in Higher Education).  But my list also includes things much more immediate and personal -(i.e. sit and watch my boys play on the beach as the sun sets, eat a lot of lobster, swim more, etc.)  Each year this list takes on a new hue, and each year my Summer Manifesto tradition always seems to spurn a vitality which then leads to new found creativity.

And in the spirit of creativity, I want to extend a special invitation to everyone:

Please consider joining me in the Making Learning Connected MOOC (a Massive Open On-line Collaboration).  Amaze yourself and inspire others! Be part of the second summer learning party.  Sign ups are now open for “Making Learning Connected” #CLMOOC 2014. @CLMOOC is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience through Educator Innovator and the National Writing Project.  It is open to anyone interested in making, playing, and learning together.  This year the Kean University Writing Project will facilitate one “Make Cycle” during the #CLMOOC.  We will be encouraging everybody to “Hack Your Writing”.

Take the plunge! summerdive

From June 13th to August 1, 2014 we will play with new tools and processes for making projects, share our results and our learning, and explore the the educational framework known as Connected Learning.  This MOOC is really about you and your interests.  You decide the pace of your activities, the depth of your participation, the scope of your making and learning.  As such, there are no defined time limits to any of the “Make Cycles”. If you are looking for a great way to expand your horizons, reignite your own creativity, and build professional connections, then this is certainly the ticket!

Video created by National Writing Project colleague Kevin Hodgson

 

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