On Wednesday, October 18, a team from the Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group is launching a new, experimental online course: Learning Creative Learning. Free, open to anyone, and supported by the Learning Initiative at the Media Lab, the six-week course aims to create a global community of like-minded educators and learners. Unlike a traditional MOOC, the course emphasizes collaboration over instruction; the goal is to foster the same environment of creative learning that it's teaching to participants.
While Learning Creative Learning is open for anyone to join, the focus is on education—on cultivating kids’ creativity in a learning environment. There are currently 12,000 people signed up, from more than 50 countries. The course is being led by Mitch Resnick, head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, recent grad Carmelo Presicce, and learning resources developer Moran Tsur. They will lead the community in readings, hands-on activities, and videos, while providing the participants with opportunities to work on independent and collaborative projects.