Connected Learning @ VCU

VCU ALT Lab’s commitment to “Connected Learning for a Networked World” is starting to take hold. In the coming days, I will be sharing some of the many connected learning opportunities that are popping up. For now, I’ll call your attention to two courses that just got started last week.

Visual Poetry



The brainchild of Dr. Jason Coats, Visual Poetry is an undergraduate English course at VCU.  Jason asks his students to engage in a number of really fun and interesting exercises throughout the course including significant integration of Twitter.  Follow #vizpoem on Twitter to play and learn with Jason and his students. If you’d like to do some of the writing and assignments with students, I believe you can ask Jason to syndicate your blog into the course blog feed. I see that fellow Department of Focused Inquiry faculty member Dr. Kristin Reed is playing along at home.  Because connected learning.




Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community-Engaged Research



This is a graduate-level research course taught by Dr. Valerie Holton and Tessa McKenzie, both from VCU’s Division of Community Engagement.  According to the course site, you might want to participate in Collaborative Curiosity if:

You are someone who seeks answers to important questions. You look to collaborate with others to find answers and develop solutions. You know that expertise is found everywhere in our communities. You see partnerships as a powerful strategy to accomplish good work. And you want to understand how research can have a real world impact.

You are interested in learning more about community-engaged research. CEnR.

Valerie and Tessa have students engaged in all sorts of connected learning activities, including blogging, tweeting, sychronous Google Hangouts, etc. I strongly encourage you to check it out and follow along on Twitter at #CuriousCoLab.


That’s just two courses; there are more to come this summer and beyond. Stay tuned…


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