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What is Connected Learning?
"Connected learning is rooted in the active participation of students, instructors, advisors, and collaborators, offering the ability to connect courses, people, and resources to develop unique personalized learning pathways. This vision of education is of particular interest to those concerned with learner success and the growing role that collaboration plays in all facets of higher education." 7 Things You Should Know About Connected Learning, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, May 2013. For further exploration of this emerging concept, access the following events resources.
EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, July 30–August 1. During this free, online progam we explored the theme of Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age? Each day the community shared thoughts and ideas through webinars, articles, videos, and online discussions on the daily topics. The Sprint Summary is now available.
- Day 1: IT as a Force of Change
- Day 2: How Technology Can Transform Pedagogy
- Day 3: Creating the IT Architecture for the Connected Age
Connected Learning Resources
- Collaboration for Change: Enabling an Open IT Architecture to Support Connected Learning, ELI Annual Meeting, February 2014.
- Top-Ten IT Issues, 2013: Welcome to the Connected Age, EDUCAUSE Review, June 2013. This year's issues reflect the increasing interconnections among external forces, institutional strategic priorities, and information technology in higher education.
- The Connected Learning Environment, EDUCAUSE Brief, July 2013. This brief describes three hallmark characteristics of connected learning and provides several examples that illustrate each characteristic.
- Higher Education in the Ultra-Connected Age, EDUCAUSE Live!, April 25, 2013. The speakers defined and explored the new, connected education landscape. They also explored how traditional higher education, whether large research or small liberal arts, should be adapting to the opportunities and challenges presented by the ubiquity and pervasiveness of connectivity.
- Higher Education in the Connected Age, EDUCAUSE Review Online, April 1, 2013. EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger provides insight into the new, connected age in higher education.
- The Beginning of Something Big, EDUCAUSE Live!, March 7, 2013. In this session, EDUCAUSE President and CEO Diana Oblinger, explores "online" learning by asking "What if we used the best technology has to offer?" and "What new models are possible?"
- Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design, January 2013. This report, from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called "connected learning." It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity.
- Education for life and work: Developing transferable knowledge and skills in the 21st century. National Research Council. The National Academies Press, 2012. The authors describe an important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking.
- Assessing 21st century skills: Summary of a workshop National Research Council. The National Academies Press, 2011. The Committee on the Assessment of 21st Century Skills put together a a workshop to focus on recent developments in technology-enabled assessment of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Connected Learning
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Connected Learning True What is Connected Learning? …
- 2015 Horizon Report
February 11, 2015
Produced by ELI and NMC each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to…
- Probing the Inverted Classroom: A Study of Teaching and Learning Outcomes in Engineering and Mathematics
January 16, 2015
Flipped classrooms have started to become commonplace on university campuses. Despite the growing number of flipped courses, however, quantitative information on their effectiveness remains…
- MOOC Evolution and One Poetry MOOC’s Hybrid Approach
November 24, 2014
Key Takeaways Based on the theory of connectivism , MOOCs originally sought to leverage the Internet as a collaborative communications platform to facilitate connections a…
- The Coming Era of Personalized Learning Paths
November 10, 2014
Personalized learning paths, designed to meet the needs and goals of each learner, can lead to a redefinition and a new understanding of lifelong learning to include informal as well as formal…
- Resources for Presidents and Senior Executives: Online Learning
September 15, 2014
These executive briefs are designed to help institutional leaders optimize the impact of IT in higher education. The Foundations offer a framework for considering higher education’s mos…
- Reclaiming Innovation
June 2, 2014
Today, innovation is increasingly conflated with hype, disruption for disruption's sake, and outsourcing laced with a dose of austerity-driven downsizing. How did we get here? What goals …
- Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age? - Sprint Summary
December 12, 2013
This brief summarizes key themes from the EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013—“Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age?”—which was held July 30–August 1. Webinar presenters and more than 1,2…
- Understanding the Learning Personalities of Successful Online Students
February 24, 2014
Key Takeaways Long studied as a way to help people better understand themselves and others , personality research and theory has evolved to include the use of assessment tools…
- Learning With and From Others: Designing Massive Experiences for Studying Peer Networks for Learning and Knowledge-building
November 18, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - Learning With and From Others
Research documents that relatively few people can learn on their own from generic curricular materials, absent instructional customization and social support. This outcome is independent of mediu…