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OC's freedom to learn and create has changed my life.

, OC youth


OC youth

OC has really taught me to appreciate everything that people bring to my life.  I have learned so much about appreciating myself and what I know.  OC's freedom to learn and create has changed my life.  When I first started my OC experience I did not want to go to college.  I had no appreciation of how much you learn.  Now I want to get into a good college and learn as much as I can.


OC has brought many smiles to my face and much joy to my life.  I would not trade my OC experiences for anything.  I have made many friends, many memories and learned a lot!

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Group Tutorial IV

Serving Ages 13-14

Group Tutorial IV  (ages 13-14   Group Tutorial IV is a two-day program, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing time for the teens to delve deeply into activities and projects. Strong...

"OC Speak" Glossary

What we mean when we say:

Self-directed Learning

Self-directed Learning covers a spectrum of meanings for different users.  At Open Connections we tend to use the term to distinguish student-centered learning from learning that has been initiated by--and usually coerced by--someone in a position of authority.  The content may be identical in the two different schemes.  What distinguishes them is the source.  Choosing Moby Dick from the library is one thing: having it assigned by a parent or English teacher is quite another.  Similarly, learning to add and subtract so that you can balance your financial accounts is different from learning by way of completing assigned worksheets. While the outcome may also be similar, the self-directed learner has self-motivation and a sense of purpose that are likely to be lasting benefits that far surpass the skills learned or the the data memorized.