Learning Thursday #15: What is Connected Learning?

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Connected learning occurs when a learner seeks knowledge, resources, and fellowship around a specific interest or topic.  Unlike traditional methods from the past, there is no instructor carefully formulating an environment and telling the learner what they are supposed to do in order to gather knowledge.  The experience relies on the learner to seek information that satisfies their desired outcomes.  There is less structure, but structure in learning does not always equal value.  Informal social interactions are critical to the design of the experience.

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