DML Hub Presents Free Online Course for Junior Scholars


A new open online course — designed for graduate students, postdocs, junior scholars, and early career professors figuring out a professional pathway and/or delving into design-based research — is being offered this spring by the Digital Media and Learning (DML) Research Hub.

The DML Hub created DML Commons, the distributed open online course to provide a service that junior scholars in the DML field had been asking for.

“Since its inception, the DML Hub has been dedicated to supporting the emerging field of digital media and learning. DML Commons is a complement to our annual conference, publications, webinars, and online resources,” said Mimi Ito, the Hub’s research director. “It provides an open online forum for our community to engage from any time and place, centered on the needs of our junior scholars who are powering the next generation of research and innovation in the field.”

DML Commons has two tracks: the “Professional Pathways” strand that provides a platform for junior scholars to create and share resources of benefit to their scholarly community, learn from the life experiences and endeavors of other DML researchers in the field, and discover practical ways to develop and shape their own professional pathway; and the “Design Research” strand that aims to support junior scholars in using design to bridge research and practice.

The free course begins with an orientation session March 23 to April 5, and continues through May 31 with four units per strand, each featuring two webinars addressing unit topics led by DML scholars.

An orientation session to the new site features live webinars — from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 23 and March 30 — hosted by DML experts Jim Groom, Alan Levine and Howard Rheingold.

To learn more about the course and to sign up, visit


In 2013, the DML Hub, as part of the MacArthur Foundation-supported Digital Media and Learning Initiative, launched Reclaim Open Learning, an effort to explore the intersections between higher education, open learning, and the connected learning model in the midst of MOOC mania. The effort focused on returning to core pedagogical and learning principles, the ethos of the open web, and end-to-end faculty and student innovation when attention was shifting to large institutionalized initiatives and old-school, top-down pedagogical and learning models.

In 2014, the DML Hub offered Connected Courses, an open, online class teaching higher education faculty ways of developing and teaching connected courses.

DML Commons is the Hub’s latest offering.

About the DML Hub

The Research Hub was created in 2009, and its mission is to advance research in the service of a more equitable, participatory, and effective ecosystem of learning, keyed to the digital and networked era. Located at the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine, it is an international research center that is committed to promoting compelling research collaborations about best participatory learning practices, applications, programs and their assessments that engage digital media. All of its activities — which include original research, blogs, websites, a webinar series, publications, online courses and an annual conference — are supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

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