Charles Raben, in the video below, demonstrates Connected Learning through his love of photography. By going out into the community, asking questions, advocating for change, and engaging with others around him, he makes connections and facilitates change based on the sentiment of a shared purpose. He says, "I like to take charge of my own learning," and notices that the system around him is comprised of myriad components. He notes, "when you take away the components, the system fails." This observation is analogous to the idea of Connected Learning: all of the pieces fit together to create a successful learning model.
The following is a summary of the Principles of Connected Learning via connectedlearning.tv:
- anchored in research
- based on interest
- peer supported
- academically oriented
- openly networked
- holds a shared purpose
- enables equity
- promotes social connection
- encourages full participation.
While these are universal principles, they can be applied to the technological changes of the 21st Century.