Saturday, September 13, 2014

Connected Learning Infographic

Thanks to Karen LaBonte, I learned about this amazing infographic about Connected Learning (see full image at bottom of post). I find it wonderful but overwhelming, so I decided to break it up into piece that I can cope with! These infographic snippets will give me plenty to reflect on in the days to come. :-)

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.

Active Relevant Real-World Effective Hands-On
Networked Innovative Personal Transformative

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.

Collaborate Share Empowered Supported Space

Knowledge Achieve Recognition
Cross-Generational Expertise Diverse Mobilize 

Credit: Connected Learning Research Network and Digital Media & Learning Research Hub
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  1. This is great. Thanks for sharing - but don't your blog posts get shared to G+ too? It would be good to be able to carry on the discussion and reshare there.

  2. Oh, I just forgot to share it over there!!! Thanks for the reminder! I do it manually because most of my blogging is actually not G+ intended (all the Latin and... all the cats, ha ha... George will stop following me if I post too many cats). Thanks for the reminder!!! Yesterday got kind of crazy. :-)

  3. This is great.. I like the presentation of the information

  4. Thanks, Dilrukshi! I think it is just amazing too. I'm usually not a big fan of infographics, but this topics really demands that visual sense of "connectedness" that the graphic can show us visually! I've been sharing this with lots of people at my school, hoping it will click with others the way it clicked for me! :-)

  5. Thank you Laura, nice infographic! And thanks for taking the time to edit it so other could read it easily. Cheers!

    1. You are very welcome! I have found it to be such an inspiring and useful reference during Connected Courses! :-)


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