Connected learning research network is dedicated to building new learning environments based on a model of learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards educational opportunity. It offers a new agenda for research to examine learning that cuts across the contexts of home, school, and peer culture, looking at the links and disconnections between them.
The research findings support a pedagogy arguing that the most meaningful forms of learning happen when a learner has a personal interest or passion that they are pursuing in a context of cultural affinity, social support, and shared purpose.
Its learning design model offers a way of connecting the often-fragmented spheres of home, school, and peer-based learning with the use of digital and networked media.
Accordingly, the work cut across research, design, and practice and is thus of particular interest not only to scientists and learning theorists but also to educators committed to the values of equity, social connection, and full participation of their students.
Connected Learning Agenda for Research and Design is available here for free reading.