Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design


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This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement.

This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive, and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support to overcome adversity and provide recognition.

This report investigates how we can use new media to foster the growth and sustenance of environments that support connected learning in a broad-based and equitable way. This report also offers a design and reform agenda, grounded in a rich understanding of child development and learning, to promote and test connected learning theories.

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To see brief video commentaries from the connected learning researchers, click here.

Mizuko Ito
Kris Gutierrez
Sonia Livingstone
Bill Penuel
Jean Rhodes
Katie Salen
Juliet Schor
Julian Sefton-Green
S. Craig Watkins

This digital edition of Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

Publication Date: 
January 14, 2013