Connected Learning: Connecting the Dots

Source: EduCause, Apr 2013

For our learners and scholars, “connecting the dots” is critical. Scholars from multiple disciplines may need to collaborate to find answers to “grand challenge” questions such as those affecting the environment or health issues.

In the connected age, data, collaboration tools, and communities can come together in ways never before possible. Students may need to connect the dots between different disciplines, such as science and literature. Information technology can help. Immersive learning experiences, augmented reality, simulations, and other tools enhance our ability to “teach information” to help students develop the valuable skill of transfer—of being able to take what they know and apply it to a new area. Transfer is a 21st-century skill that differentiates high-impact learning from information age approaches.

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