Connected Learning describes itself as an educational approach designed for our ever-changing world. It makes learning relevant to all populations, to real life and real work, and to the realities of the digital age, where the demand for learning never stops.
· Learners are the focus: Specifically, developing lifelong learners with higher-order skills.
· We build on the basics: The basics are important, but not enough for youth to thrive in our rapidly-changing world.
· We connect three critical spheres of learning: academics, a learner’s interests, inspiring mentors and peers.
· We harness the advances and innovations of our connected age to serve learning: Just as earlier generations
tapped the tools of their time to improve learning, we must do the same in the digital age.
· Making, creating and producing are powerful paths to deeper learning and understanding: Connected learning
asks learners to experiment, to be hands-on, and to be active and entrepreneurial in their learning, recognizing that this
is what is now needed to be successful in work and in life.
There is a lot of information on the website including a significant research report that I have yet to read. The website also hosts Connected Learning TV with regular programmes that feature different aspects of connected learning. For example the current series of programmes deals with Open badges and discovering pathways through connected learning. The video archives provide a fantastic resource for educators who are interested in encouraging and supporting lifewide learning. Connected Learning is a significant organisation and movement that Lifewide Education needs to connect with and learn from. I wrote to the CEO who kindly gave us permission to reproduce an edited version of one of their reports in Lifewide Magazine.