As I read more about the Principles of Connected Learning, I find they map well to the models of learning design we’ve been using. For example, Significant Learning is one taxonomy model for describing types of learning developed by Dr. L. Dee Fink, author of Creating Significant Learning Experiences (Jossey-Bass, 2003). Significant Learning
“What do you really want your students to know – to become – as a result of your class? One, two, five, or 20 years later, what influence should your class still be having?”
Fink suggests six potential categories of goals:
Foundational knowledge: Content, information, ideas.
Application: Skills, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, managing.
Integration: Connecting your class to the rest of their lives.
Human dimension: What should students learn about themselves or other people?
Caring: Developing new interests, understanding values.
Learning how to learn: Becoming life-long learners, knowing how and where to find more information and how to use that information.
The principles of Connected Learning are Interest Powered, Peer Supported, Shared Purpose, Academically Oriented, Production Centered, and Openly Networked. Both sets of principles are based on connecting learning activities directly to the people and events in our lives, both in and out of classrooms. The value added with Connected Learning is being openly networked across the world with other learners and other experts, exploring their perspectives and values, creating the Human Dimension. Connected learning makes significant learning more achievable for our students.