Watchworthy Wednesday: Goodbye DML, Hello CLS

As the eighth and final Digital Media and Learning Conference came to a close last week, its organizers announced the creation of a new annual event — the Connected Learning Summit — that will debut next summer at the MIT Media Lab.

New Event Debuts at MIT Aug. 1-3

The summit, to be held Aug. 1-3, will be hosted by the Connected Learning Lab from the University of California, Irvine, the UC Humanities Research Institute, the MIT Media Lab and MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program. It will take place at the MIT campus every other year beginning in 2018 and every year in between at the UCI campus.

“It will have a progressive and inclusive focus,” said Mimi Ito, research director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at UCI. “The summit will afford opportunities to connect to people truly committed to progressive, catalytic, innovative and transformative approaches to learning.”

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Some of those committed people are serving on the summit’s steering and advisory committeeIto, Drew Davidson, Samuel E. Dyson, David Theo Goldberg, Eric Klopfer, Akili Lee, Scot Osterweil, Justin Reich, Mitch Resnick, Ricarose Roque and Constance Steinkuehler.

The online call for proposals to present at the summit will be open from Nov. 10 through Jan. 5.

The CLS mission: “to fuel a growing movement of innovators harnessing the power of emerging technology to expand access to participatory, playful, and creative learning. It represents a merger between three community events with this shared vision and values: the Digital Media and Learning Conference, the Games+Learning+Society Conference, and Sandbox Summit. With a unique focus on cross-sector connections and progressive and catalytic innovation, the event brings together leading researchers, educators and developers. The program includes a mix of engaging presentation and workshop formats ranging from speculative design, to game walkthroughs, sharing work in progress, and research panels.”

For more information about the summit, visit connectedlearningsummit.org.

DML Recap

Summit news aside, the final DML conference, held at UCI last week featured some provocative talks, inspiring attendees to explore ways to make the best of the digital world and how civic engagement fits in.

“At a time when we are increasingly faced with serious social challenges — of living together in dignified ways, of electoral meddling and fake news, of changes in what work we do and how we work, of health care provision, of climate change and climatic challenges, racial aggression and violence — learning with and through others is crucial to our social futures,” said David Theo Goldberg, director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and executive director of the DML Research Hub, which organized the DML Conference.

If you weren’t among the nearly 400 conference-goers, the keynote address, plenary discussions and ignite talks are available online.

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