ABOUT LCL

It's Not a Course, but a Learning Community

Mitch Resnick has been teaching the foundational ideas of Learning Creative Learning at the MIT Media Lab for around fifteen years. In the spring of 2013, Mitch's research group, Lifelong Kindergarten, teamed up with Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to offer LCL as an online course alongside the in-person course. In 2014, LCL was transformed into an entirely online community, where like-minded educators and learners from around the world can share their ideas about creative learning. We have now redesigned the LCL experience so that anyone (like you!) can join the community at any time. LCL still has online seminars, suggested readings, and hands-on activities, but you can go through this material at your own pace or join a cohort. All of our materials are available to anyone with a computer and internet access! No sign-up required.

Read the Learning Creative Learning report for more information about the history and design of LCL.

The Web is the Platform

Rather than hosting everything in one central platform, we utilize off-the-shelf, open-source software like Unhangout, Mechanical MOOC, and Discourse to create the most open and collaborative community possible. We hope to model a learning environment that is easy for anybody to replicate.

A Big Experiment

LCL has always been a big experiment, and the same is true now. We plan to continue to tinker with the community format and explore new tools for sharing ideas and supporting discussions. We hope you will continue to tinker with us and jump in as collaborators. Things might break, but we are committed to fixing them, and we invite you to break and fix things with us!

The LCL Team

Learning Creative Learning is designed and led by Mitch Resnick, Philipp Schmidt, and Natalie Rusk. Mitch is a Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, whose Lifelong Kindergarten research group has developed ideas and technologies underlying the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits and the Scratch programming language and online community. Natalie is a Research Scientist in the Lifelong Kindergarten group who founded the Computer Clubhouse, and Philipp is a Director's Fellow at the Media Lab and co-founder of P2PU.

Other LCL team members include Katherine McConachie, Alisha Panjwani, Grif Peterson, Aya Sakaguchi, and Srishti Sethi.

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