Unhangout for Educators: Participant-driven Online Professional Development for Maker Educators

Project Overview

Unhangout for Educators was a series of participant-driven online workshops for maker educators on Unhangout, a conference platform designed to encourage agency in participants. The workshops aimed to support community building among educators through participation in activities on selected topics important to the field of maker education. We put together lessons learned from the workshops and compiled them as Unhangout Playbook, to support anyone interested in learner-centered online events. This project was sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants program, funded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and administered by the MIT Teaching Systems Lab (TSL). The final report can be found here.

Project Members

  • Philipp Schmidt – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PI)
  • Yumiko Murai – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Research Lead)
  • Elizabeth Choe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Workshop Design Lead)
  • Katherine McConachie – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Tech Lead)
  • Neil Patch – Harvard Graduate School of Education (Intern)

Papers and Presentations

Murai, Y., McConachie, K., Schmidt, P. (2019, October) Towards design patterns for participatory online events. Paper presented at 26th Conference on pattern languages of programs, Ottawa, Canada.

Murai, Y., Patch, N., Choe, E., McConachie, K., & Schmidt, P. (2019, April). Modeling social participation: Design implications from analysis of online teacher professional development workshops. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

Murai, Y., Choe, E.,  Patch, N., McConachie, K., & Schmidt, P. (2018) Unhangout for Educators: Best practices for participant-driven online workshops. In proceedings of Connected Learning Summit, Cambridge, MA.


Teaching And Learning Innovation Grant