11 Excerpts from “Connected Learning: A Context for Interdisciplinarity”
Mizuko Ito, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins
Connected learning looks to digital media and communications to:
- offer engaging formats for interactivity and self-expression,
- lower barriers to access for knowledge and information,
- provide social supports for learning through social media and online affinity groups,
- link a broader and more diverse range of culture, knowledge, and expertise to educational opportunity.
Connected learning is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward expanding educational, economic or political opportunity.
Our learning approach is guided by three key findings that have emerged from this body of learning research:
- a disconnect between classroom and everyday learning,
- the meaningful nature of learning that is embedded in valued relationships, practice, and culture
- the need for learning contexts that bring together in-school and out-of-school learning and activity.
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. http://dmlhub.net/wp-content/uploads/files/Connected_Learning_report.pdf