We are open 24 hrs & we welcome new connections….

There is a common understanding in a traditional classroom setting that there is a formal start date and a formal end date that must be adhered to in order to “learn correctly”.  But in an open course with a “connectivist sensibility”, this carry-over from the 19th & 20th century learning experience is not entirely applicable.  ….Calling all open learners, you are welcome to come and go as you see fit.

I want to take a moment to welcome anyone whose curiosity in Networked Narratives might now be piqued to join us our open connected experiment.  We are a dynamic group of budding digital alchemist, brewing up some creative energy on the open web.  You can come and go as you please, based on the spare moment, or our special events, or your creative spells, or the #NetNarr activities that grab you.  We have “daily digital alchemy” activities to spark your creative soul.  We have exciting studio tours with innovators, scholars, and global artists in store.  We have public activities designed to build community and develop digital literacies in collaboration (for example, our scheduled twitter chats and flash annotation events).  There is so much to pick and choose from.

Please understand that for the open participant, “lurkers” are welcome.  For those of you who might not be familiar with the term within the context of networked learning, to “lurk” means to click here and there (and check out what content and commentary is being generated by a community) while remaining an observer more than a contributor to the unfolding conversation.  Some time ago, I wrote about the aspiration towards a guilt-free learning zone.  I want to publicly encourage our open participants to share and connect with our growing community.  As the Kean University co-learners in our face-to-face class are gaining quite a bit of momentum now, the #NetNarr stream and the Networked Narratives syndicated site are filling up with all kinds of inspiration.

Recently I have written about the importance of imagination.  Now more than ever, we can exercise our collective creativity in a networked environment with a special kind of end goal:  to practice our #civicimagination as we find fresh ways to imagine alternatives to current social, political or economic conditions. Before the world can change, people need the ability to imagine what alternatives might look like. What if we imagined what the world could be like, by examining where we are now, and then devising the steps that take us from here to there?  Feel free to stop by #NetNarr and/join the Networked Narratives community when you feel so inspired.  Our global project is an always open invitation to help build a global storytelling network that takes imagineering, world-building and #civicimagination seriously.