The Beginner’s Visual Guide To Connected Learning

The Beginner’s Visual Guide To Connected Learning

By Katie Lepi

Connected learning is a term I’ve been seeing a lot these days. As you all know, some trends take off, others stutter. Not everything ends up being the best of the best and works for everyone. I’m not sure how much of ‘connected learning’ is really a ‘thing’ versus the idea of leveraging certain concepts in your teaching style, but I have to say that I like a lot of what I read. The concepts are logical, relevant, and pretty basic – and you don’t have to make huge changes to your curriculum in order to put some of these ideas to use.

The handy infographic below takes a more in depth look at connected learning. What are the main concepts, and why is it good in our classrooms? Simple and to the point – and that’s what we all want, right? What do you think – do the concepts of connected learning make sense? Do you already use them in your classroom to some degree? Could you see your self easily integrating these ideas? Leave a note in the comments!

Connected Learning

  • Connected learning is equitable, social, and participatory
  • Draws on the power of current technology to connect different areas of a learner’s life and create new, robust learning experiences
  • Hands on production, open networks, and shared purpose are all highly valued as part of the learning process
  • Encourages active experimentation/design/production/creation
  • Leverages interests of each student to keep them engaged
  • Ongoing participation by all members of the communities help encourage participation, feedback, and engagement
  • Learning is linked between school, home, and the community – it doesn’t happen in the isolation of a classroom
  • Social media and networking are used to link common goals of learners and to share information

connected learning infographic

The graphic below features all of these ideas. This fabulous
work is realized by Mia McMeekin from An Ethical Island.

connected educator