I feel I should reply - I keep being politely copied in on things I asked the question in the beginning- and it came from a perspective that is both American and non-American- having been through the system as a student in the US and working in the system in the UK. I was aware from reading posts and observing conversations/hangouts that people are coming from a host of different places/experiences and there are differences in the way we are allowed/encouraged on a basic level as well as on an institutional and even national (depending on curriculum requirements) level.
I have very little stats/big data collection knowledge, but I am good at understanding and perceiving perspectives and interactions of people - and at asking questions.
The other week I was interviewing an colleague in Hawaii who really said something that struck me - he said that the under 18's are already connected. When he teaches them jazz he doesn't have to introduce them to it, because they almost have an innate repertoire of styles and even of pieces just from the exposure and searching that they have via the lovely internet and games and everyday connected life.
The biggest question that I would pose for research is how do you remove that veil for the teachers - connected learning isn't something new for the students, it is normal, but it is different for some teachers, and illustrating a real unfolding bridge for that gap between what traditionally happened when sitting at a school desk and a connected life would be a valuable resource to help others who are not necessarily so bold or motivated (or even who aren't exposed to the opportunity) to connect to a course like this- the research could provide an outward facing tool for them to have a way in.
If I can be helpful in any of the conceptual ways, I would be really delighted! If not, I won't be offended!
It is great that the project has started off running and that there is so much technical expertise in the cards already.
ps whatever platform you decide to use, I am happy to go with/learn to use