Group Request: Connected Learning

Idea created by Laura Gibbs on Feb 25, 2017
    Open for Voting

    I would like to see a group on CONNECTED LEARNING. This is a broad pedagogical approach that is relevant to both K-12 and Higher Ed embracing topics that I think would be of interest to many Canvas users in designers. The best presentation I have seen of the connected learning approach is in an infographic from the DML Research Hub, so I have included the infographic below, along with a transcription of the text.


    I looked through the existing groups and did not see one like this. I'm really not sure how much I should elaborate on this request, but it's something that I've talked with Jared Stein about (and it's something he mentioned in a recent CanvasLIVE AMA)... if there is more information I should provide here, just let me know! 


    Infographic transcript follows:


    CONNECTED LEARNING. Equitable, Social, and Participatory. Connected learning is a model of learning that holds out the possibility of reimagining the experience of education in the information age. It draws on the power of today's technology to fuse young people's interests, friendships, and academic achievement through experiences laced with hands-on production, shared purpose, and open networks.


    Peer Culture. Connected learning thrives in a socially meaningful and knowledge-rich ecology of ongoing participation, self-expression, and recognition. In their everyday exchanges with peers and friends, young people fluidly contribute, share, and give feedback. Powered with possibilities made available by today's social media, this peer culture can produce learning that's engaging and powerful.


    Openly Networked. Connected learning environments link learning in school, home, and community, because learners achieve best when their learning is reinforced and supported in multiple settings. Online platforms can make learning resources abundant, accessible, and visible across all learner settings.


    Academic. Connected learning recognizes the importance of academic success for intellectual growth and as an avenue towards economic and political opportunity. When academic studies and institutions draw from and connect to young people's peer culture, communities, and interest-driven pursuits, learners flourish and realize their true potential.


    Shared Purpose. Today's social media and web-based communities provide unprecedented opportunities for caring adults, teachers, parents, learners, and their peers to share interests and contribute to a common purpose. The potential of cross-generational learning and connection unfolds when centered on common goals.


    Interests. Interests foster the drive to gain knowledge and expertise. Research has repeatedly shown that when the topic is personally interesting and relevant, learners achieve much higher-order learning outcomes. Connected learning views interests and passions that are developed in a social context as essential elements.


    Production-Centered. Connected learning prizes the learning that comes from actively producing, creating, experimenting, and designing, because it promotes skills and dispositions for lifelong learning, and for making meaningful contributions to today's rapidly changing work and social conditions.


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    Networked Innovative Personal Transformative




    Connected Learning


    Credit: Connected Learning Research Network and Digital Media & Learning Research Hub
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