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What is Connected Learning?

"There is wide agreement that we need new models of education, and not simply new models of schooling, but entirely 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. This six-part short film series by Nic Askew speaks to that need for a connected learning vision: learning that is powerful, relevant, and engaging."

(See the link above and scroll down for the videos.)

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This often takes the form of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), and what are called "connectivist MOOCs" (or cMOOCs, vs. so-called xMOOCs like Coursera that are like scaled traditional courses.)

If you haven't heard of MOOCs, they are Massively Open Online Courses. There have been a range of variations on that term (some aren't so massive... others are more like communities than courses.)

I'm looking to really bring these concepts to life over the summer, especially as the networks of people I (and various others from here) are connecting with in the broader world of transforming education. Things are happening so fast...

What are your thoughts and experiences on connected learning.... learning beyond classrooms, and beyond just watching/viewing learning content?

And what would you like to see?

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I don't know if I should respect you for trying to offer solutions or disrespect you for always coming off like you got something to sell.

If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school.


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(05-10-2014 11:29 PM)TheCancer Wrote:  I don't know if I should respect you for trying to offer solutions or disrespect you for always coming off like you got something to sell.

Hmm... well, I am trying to sell the idea that there are solutions, and that it's worth taking the time to look for them. Smile

Do you have suggestions for a different way to come across, or find a way to solutions?

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At this point, the only thing worth being dogmatic about is that nothing should be compulsory. I don't think it's time for improvement; I think it's time for deconstruction.

If you want to be a different fish, you've got to jump out of the school.


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Indeed. There's a reason why I campaign for the separation of school and state. While this concept of connected learning is slowly coming into play, I don't think it can be fully realized until the current system has been deconstructed.

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I agree that "improvement" by itself isn't enough, at least within school-as-people-know it.

Many people can and do opt out of school... whether dropping out, homeschool/unschooling, or being truant. And many others would if they were offered a viable alternative.

So, why not explore, discuss, and try approaches to learning and teaching that those who dislike school-as-usual would like?

Quite a few people agree on the need to transform "factory-model" classroom management into an approach to learning that involves teachers/mentors/guides getting to know individual learners, and helping them explore interests, learn life-relevant things, and discover what life can consist of.

And... I realize I'm coming across as trying to sell that kind of thing. I think there's something to it.

But, neutrally, I'm interested in understanding what's actually happening and what actually works.

On that note, do you think there's anything to all that? Or there's literally nothing that can be done for learners who don't like school-as-usaul?

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