This organization lives at the confluence of Health, Education and Technology. Mental health is at the center of all good health. Education literally means “to lead out of darkness”. Technology is a tool. Like a hammer, it can be used to help us or hurt us.
Our time in history demands that we not limit ourselves to convention or to what has come before. Together we can do anything – what greater wisdom is there than kindness?
We welcome those interested in connectedlearning and associated best practices from the worlds of artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality, digital health/telehealth/
Our purpose is to provide the following to our constituents and communities:
We’re launching some ambitious projects to provide opportunities within the scope of our purpose. They’re intended to serve the greater good by responding to a clear and present need. These projects require partnerships born of networking and creative problem-solving. They also demand advocacy and broad distribution of information.
connectedlearning.network At inception, this is a digital signage installation displaying on large 4K screens in public installations on the walls of libraries, schools and museums. It will feature creative, artistic and educational content in both dynamic and static formats, framed by text crawl featuring pertinent contextual information, e.g. about local programs taking place within the library, etc. All content will conform to mutually agreed written standards.
connectedlearning.network, as a program of connectedlearning.us will employ a business model similar to National Public Radio, with paid sponsors and underwriters whose messaging will be made available on the 4K screens. We’ve identified the necessary technologies and components and are confident they won’t encroach on staff or infrastructure of participating facilities.
Also, we’ve begun the process of establishing a core nucleus of Founding Partners for institutions to serve as sites for initial installations and for sponsors to provide seed funding in exchange for preferential run rates.
Initially, this is a secure network designed to facilitate remote behavioral health services to patrons in their local libraries and students in their schools. Libraries have begun to hire social workers to meet their patrons’ needs, since often they are outside the traditional job definition for librarians. As it develops, CTC will also be able to facilitate some remote primary medical services and chronic disease management.
Our intention is that the sponsors and underwriters of connectedlearning.network will see their investment in our programming also blossom into jobs and opportunities for those providing these vital services in our communities.
Since our founding at the dawn of this decade, our signature program has been the Annual Conference. Over the years, we’ve engaged with and presented leaders from the three largest MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), Coursera, EdX and Udacity; the author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff (named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT) and a myriad of thought leaders whose participation have given these Annual Conferences a reputation for high quality, stimulating content.
We intend to continue this tradition with renewed energies this year. Leading up to it, a series of mini-conferences featuring a robust blend of presenters and panels will be announced very soon. Although typically late Spring has been when the Annual Conference has been held, this year we’re trying something new by holding it in late Fall, before the holidays. Details as to venue and a date certain are pending.
Be sure to sign up to receive additional information from us. We look forward to renewed momentum!