Making Learning Connected

Posted: June 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

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A Connected Learning Massively Open Online Collaboration

Thomas J Okon‘s insight:

If you are interested in Connected Learning or want to find out what its like to be a connected learner. This MOOC, which they are calling a Massive Open Online Collaboration sounds like a great experience.



Some Background:

It has been proposed that we need new visions of learning better suited to the increasing complexity, connectivity, and velocity of our new knowledge society. We now have the capability to reimagine where, when, and how learning takes place.

Connected learning seeks to tie together the respected historical body of research on how we best learn with the opportunities made available through today’s networked and digital media.


Connected learning environments are populated with people who share interests and are contributing to a common purpose. Today’s social media and web-based communities provide exceptional opportunities for learners in diverse and specialized areas of interest to engage in shared projects and inquiry.


Connected learning environments are designed around production, providing tools and opportunities for learners to produce, circulate, curate, and comment on media. Learning that comes from actively creating, making, producing, experimenting, remixing, decoding, and designing, fosters skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and productive contributions to today’s rapidly changing work and political conditions.


Connected learning environments are designed around networks that link together institutions and groups across various sectors, including popular culture, educational institutions, home, and interest communities. Learning resources, tools, and materials are abundant, accessible and visible across these settings and available through open, networked platforms.




Ito, Mizuko, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins. 2013. Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design. Irvine, CA: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. 

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