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Submissions/HIVE – Connected Learning and Wikipedia

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 3013
Title of the submission
HIVE – Connected Learning and Wikipedia
Type of submission
Author of the submission
Claudia Müller-Birn, Michelle Thorne, Valentin Münscher
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Michelle is from Mozilla, Valentin from Wikimedia Deutschland
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
Connected learning offers a way to connect offline and online learning by combining institutionalized learning with peer-oriented learning. The HIVE Learning Network offers a platform for realizing such offerings, but the idea is still challenging since online and offline contexts are quite different. A couple of years ago, the HIVE Learning Network emerged in New York City and today, the network has a number of partners all over the world. HIVE Berlin is one of those. It is a city-wide laboratory, where educators, technologists and mentors design innovative, connected educational experiences for children and youth. It provides a platform for exchanging ideas, experiences, and resources. The HIVE learning network is based on the idea that learners are able to pursue their personal interests or passions with the support of friends and caring adults. Connected learning is interest-powered, since interested learners can achieve much higher-order learning outcomes. They can realize their full potential, when they link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement. In Berlin and many other cities as well, the existing online and offline landscape is highly scattered and often very confusing. There are various offerings from Wikimedia, Mozilla, Open Knowledge Foundation, OpenTechSchool, etc. How can the HIVE Learning Network help to harmonize these offerings and how can we reach and enable the group of people who otherwise lack access to such offerings? Which role has Wikipedia in such an ecosystem? How can Wikipedia and existing programs can help to drive connected learning but also benefit from it? Online platforms and digital tools such as Wikipedia provide opportunities for producing and creating a wide variety of knowledge and cultural content in experimental and active ways. At the same time, existing communities around such tools can provide learners opportunities for cross-generational and cross-cultural learning. Moreover, communities such as Wikipedia can benefit from such initiatives since communities can recruit learners for joining their communities and contributing to their projects. However how can we realize such ideas in a sustainable way?
  • Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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