ePortfolios and Open Badges are only the first wave in what will emerge as a wider network-based form of assessment that makes tests and reviews unnecessary. I… (Beyond assessment - recognizing achievement in a networked world - by Stephen D...
Connected Learning is an educational approach designed for our ever-changing world. It makes learning relevant to all populations, to real life and real work, and to the realities of the digital age, where the demand for learning never stops.
Learners are the focus: Specifically, developing lifelong learners with higher-order skills.We build on the basics: The basics are important, but not enough for youth to thrive in our rapidly-changing world.We connect three critical spheres of learning: academics, a learner’s interests, inspiring mentors and peers.We harness the advances and innovations of our connected age to serve learning: Just as earlier generations tapped the tools of their time to improve learning, we must do the same in the digital age.Making, creating and producing are powerful paths to deeper learning and understanding: Connected learning asks learners to experiment, to be hands-on, and to be active and entrepreneurial in their learning, recognizing that this is what is now needed to be successful in work and in life.
The Social Age requires agility, from both organisations and individuals. It's a time ofconstant change and what we did yesterday may not work again tomorrow because the ecosystem is evolving around us.
This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning.
Would adult learners need the same kind of environment to encourage collaborative learning? In South African schools collaborative learning is emphasised but do the learners acquire the necessary competencies?
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