14 Connected Learning

Jared Rutledge

When speaking about “connected learning” Educause states, “[t]he key aspect of this phase of education is moving beyond the familiar notion of information technology simply as the means to deliver content and e-learning.” The article is saying that technology is even more important to learning than it already is, and this concept of connected learning is allowing everyone a different type of learning opportunity. It allows students to connect to a mentor or advisor in a specific subject to help coach them through the material. It states that “connected learning puts students at the center of the educational experience, offering the ability to connect courses, and resources to develop  unique personalized learning pathways.” It not only is a way to acquire more knowledge, but also teaches you how to use connections such as mentors to seek out answers.

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DML’s article about connected learning talks about how connected learning is an “educational approach designed for our ever-changing world.” It stresses the need to make learning relevant and inspiring especially in the digital world. Also, that learning is most successful when it’s hands on compared to the more common note taking form of learning.learning pathways.” It not only is a way to acquire more knowledge, but also teaches you how to use connections such as mentors to seek out answers. 

I believe that both definitions of connected learning is needed, but most importantly DML’s definition. A teacher dumping loads of information onto to you that you need to write down is a popular experience for any student. Hands on activities that engages a student is the best way for a student to learn, and keep that information within the brain, not just on paper. It’s time to fix our broken education system so students can be successful in their future.

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