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Thursday, August 2 • 11:00am - 11:30am
“Help Us Get Rid Of Surveys”: Emerging Findings From Capturing Connected Learning In Libraries

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The Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries project addresses the urgent national need for evaluation approaches that reflect new emphases on digital, networked, and production-centered content, spaces, and programming. Libraries need evaluation resources that help develop their connected learning programming and document critical outcomes for youth participants. We have developed and tested instruments that can be used for improving services and demonstrating their value.

In this session, we will share findings from two library evaluations, and discuss how “talk-back boards” have been embraced and adapted to assess connected learning principles and outcomes, and data collected vis-à-vis these tools. For example, preliminary data from one library indicates many of their patrons are brokered into the makerspace by others, and that they come to “hang out” and “mess around.” We will also discuss how this library developed staff capacity for supporting production-centered principles.

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Bill Penuel

Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, which is focused on how school and district leaders use research. He is one of the developers of an approach to improvement research called Design-Based Implementation Research. He is a member-elect of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.">William R. Penuel is a professor of learning sciences and human development in the Institute of Cognitive Science in the School of Education at the University... Read More →

Tim Podkul

Senior Research Scientist, SRI International

Thursday August 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Media Lab - E14-240, 2nd Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA