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Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

Written by Christina Cantrill
January 29, 2013

Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement.

The “Connected Learning” framework describes a set of design and learning principles meant to support a new approach to learning anchored in a rich history of teaching and learning research and theory. Emerging from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative, of which the National Writing Project is a key member, these principles have now been more fully described in a newly released report, Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design.

In this report, the authors expand on the principles in an ongoing effort to draw linkages between existing approaches that share a set of core values and goals while simultaneously engaging the affordances of new media and networked technologies. Specific attention is brought to participation in and equitable access to expanded and connected learning opportunities for all learners.

Bringing together and integrating the motivations, content, and abilities from social, interest-driven, and formal educational spheres promises to expand the reach of meaningful and sustained learning.

Connected learning is described as a “work in progress” and the report is an invitation to participate in researching, articulating, and building this movement.Open ConnectedLearning_report.pdf

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