Re-assess Reviewed Pathways

When using Pathways in iRemix more times than not you will assess a challenge submission that needs to be re-worked before approving the submission. This is done by scoring the submission under approval rating, giving the learner the feedback needed to re-work and resubmit. Now you can re-assess, follow the steps below:

Selected the artifact that you would like to re-assess from the reviewed section of “Pathway Submissions”. See below:

Path

Select > Pathways > Submissions > Reviewed > [Your Artifact]

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Sharing Announcements with iRemix users

As an administrator for Remix you have the ability to share announcements with users via an alert notification. Follow the steps below how to create your own announcements:

From the Admin page

>> Select “Network”

>> Select “New Announcement”

>> Create your announcement:

You can also select the length of time you would like this announcement to be visible.

This is how your announcement will look to other users:

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Chicago Summer of Learning + iRemix

Something big is happening in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a first of its kind initiative, the Chicago Summer of Learning, encouraging youth to engage in more learning activities throughout the summer. The mayor’s office along with the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, the Digital Youth Network, University of Chicago and Hive Chicago has worked with over 100 youth serving organizations in the city to not only increase the learning opportunities but to issue digital badges to capture and recognize the learning taking place.

Youth can earn a series of badges that represent the skills and accomplishments from their summer activities. In addition to badging youth for learning in traditional summer programs, there are new opportunities to learn new skills through over a hundred online activities and challenges.

‘The Challenge’ is a social learning network powered by the iRemix Platform where Chicago youth can access a community of digital mentors, online challenges and other youth creators. The Challenge is free and open to any young person in Chicago that decides to participate in the Chicago Summer of Learning. Participants must first complete a few entry level activities, earning enough badges to ‘level up’ to The Challenge community.

Once inside of the social learning network, youth can choose from over 30 learning pathways ranging from app development, game design, 3D design, video editing, photography and much more. These pathways consist of a series of challenges and resources developed by a number of learning organizations: the Digital Youth Network, Hive Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Creativity Labs at Indiana University, MIT and more.

As participants complete pathways, they earn badges to represent the skills gained as well as build a portfolio of the artifacts that they create along the way. The community space allows participants to view the work of other youth as well as get feedback and support from expert mentors.

The partnership with the Chicago Summer of Learning is also an amazing opportunity for us to introduce iRemix’s exciting new Pathways functionality. We’re extremely excited to roll out pathways as a more powerful way for delivering learning content to participants in an iRemix social learning network. Networks can use pathways to allow youth to independently engage in challenges at their own pace or as a part of a structured class or workshop. iRemix learners are still learning by doing as they create digital media projects, collaborate, give and receive feedback, engage in rich discussions and more. With pathways though there is a richer framework for attaching resources and providing targeted supports, making learning trajectories visible, tracking how users are progressing, giving more direct feedback on learner submissions as well as scaffolding learning by connecting related pathways.

We are excited to begin making pathways available to iRemix network this fall. If you’d like to explore the potential of social learning networks powered by online challenges and badges, let us know!

 

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iRemix Enabling Arts Learning

The Wallace Foundation recently released a new report from researcher Kylie Peppler of Indiana University examining how technology is creating new opportunities for interest-driven arts learning. It is a great window into how new programs and tools are changing the way young people learn.

“Arts may be scarce in many public schools, especially in disadvantaged communities. But outside school, one sees a ‘strikingly different landscape,’ according to this report. Why? Digital technologies are offering young people new ways to engage in the arts on their own time and according to their own interests. The report describes the new technologies, young people’s media use and a framework for thinking about “interest-driven” arts learning.”

The report calls out Remix Learning’s iRemix Social Learning Platform as a prime example of how social learning networks can better connect youth to supportive communities of peers and mentors. Thy also make the critical distinction between traditional social networks and social learning networks:

“From prior research we know that successful youth programs share key components, including access to mentors and experiential learning opportunities (EDC, 2006).With the ability to engage youths in peer mentoring and provide direct connections to content, a social learn- ing network (as opposed to an online social network) can meet these criteria. Furthermore, a social learning network eliminates the technological and geographical barriers that make it difficult to expand place-based programs linked to schools, libraries, museums, and other after-school environments. Key benefits of a social learning network are its ability to provide youths with access to mentors who are may otherwise be unavailable at a school or other sites and to support collaboration across age groups as participants work together online around common interests.

Social learning networks foster online cultures based upon idea exchange, media sharing, critique, peer mentorship, and debate.The first social learning network to achieve widespread adoption, particularly among disadvantaged middle-school youths, is Remix Learning, created by Nichole Pinkard, founder of the Digital Youth Network and an associate professor at DePaul University in the College of Computing and Digital Media. Remix Learning grew out of an ambitious initiative in Chicago called the Digital Youth Network, which was sup- ported in part by the MacArthur Foundation and is now used at YOUmedia centers. Remix Learning provides an easy-to-use, customizable, cloud-based social learning network for primary and secondary education, that can be quickly and affordably implemented in schools and after-school programs.”

We encourage everyone to check out the report and let us know your thoughts!

 

 

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Introducing: iRemix 3.0

We are proud to announce the release of iRemix 3.0! This latest version of the iRemix Social Learning Platform is packed with a ton of new features as well as big improvements in performance and the overall user experience. We’ve been hard at work for over a year on these updates and are excited to see them roll out across all of the iRemix powered social learning networks.

Our focus was on doing everything we could to improve the overall experience for users on any iRemix network. Updates range from a robust new badging system, our redesigned interface, the work under the hood to nearly cut page load times in half to the ability to share portfolio items from your private network to other sites on the web.

We remain focused on creating the best platform for organizations to easily create private social learning networks that are tailored to their specific needs. This new release takes into account all of the wonderful feedback we’ve gotten from the schools, libraries, professional learning communities and after school programs already making use of iRemix.

We’re extremely excited about our ongoing partnership with the Digital Youth Network (where iRemix was incubated) that assures iRemix is rooted in some of the most innovative efforts in digital media and learning. As we begin to make iRemix available to more organizations, we hope to see more creative ways emerge for leveraging the power of social learning networks for youth and adults.

Check out a few of the key updates for iRemix 3.0 Read More »

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