Connected learning is when you're pursuing expertise around something you care deeply about, and you're supported by friends & institutions who share this common passion that is tuned to the demands and opportunities of the digital age.
This is the first in a series of three short animated films that explores why today's learners need a learning approach designed for our times, what connected learning looks like, and what is at stake if we do not make learning relevant.
To learn more, visit connectedlearning.tv/what-is-connected-learning
The theme for the 2014 Digital Media and Learning Conference is "Connecting Practices" - http://dml2014.dmlhub.net
This gathering calls on all of us to build shared agendas and goals in order to reach across the boundaries that separate our disciplines, fields, institutions and sectors so we can collectively re-imagine the where, when, and how of educational practice. DML2014 will take place March 6-8, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice.
Connected learning is a new approach to learning that is anchored in research, robust theories of learning, and the best of traditional standards, but also designed to mine the learning potential of the new social- and digital media domain.
Connected learning is a work in progress, building on existing models, ongoing experimentation, and dialog with diverse stakeholders. It draws from social, ubiquitous, blended and personalized learning, delivered by new media, to help us remodel our educational system in tune with today's economic and political realities.
The principles of connected learning weren't born in the digital age, but they are extraordinarily well-suited to it. Connected learning seeks to tie together the respected historical body of research on how youth best learn with the opportunities made available through today's networked and digital media.
Learn more about connected learning at www.connectedlearning.tv.