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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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Katie Van Horne

Assistant Research Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Since 2015, Dr. Van Horne has served as senior research personnel on numerous externally funded grants and has been a critical leader in CU Boulder's Research + Practice Partnership with Denver Public Schools as well as our partnership with the Chicago City of Learning. Dr. Van Horne's research areas include learning sciences theory and developing new methodologies for studying how youth pursue interest-related activities and learning during out-of-school ti... Read More →

Bill Penuel

Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Tim Podkul

Senior Research Scientist, SRI International

Thursday August 2, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Media Lab - E15-341, 3rd Floor, Building E14 75 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
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