What is Connected Learning?

Goals for this module:

  • Describe connected learning
  • Explain how connected learning is fundamental to teen services
  • Explain how connected learning fits into your library’s mission and strategic plan
  • Develop an action plan to implement connected learning in your library, no matter how big or small

Connected learning is an educational framework — an approach to creating learning experiences — that connects interests, relationships, and opportunities. Connected learning is driven by learners’ interests, supported by their relationships, and oriented towards academic, economic, or civic opportunities.

At the heart of connected learning is an “equity agenda” which helps to close the cultural and economic gaps that non-dominant youth face. By connecting teens’ interests and relationships with real-life opportunities, connected learning helps prepare youth for life after high school with 21st century skills and the development of emerging digital literacies.

Connected Learning Basics Workbook

Throughout the Connected Learning Basics module, there are reflections and activities to help you apply what you learn to your own context. Use the Connected Learning Basics Workbook to keep track of your thoughts. You can copy the workbook to your own Google Drive, or download it as a PDF or Word file.

Worksheet #1: Connected Learning K-W-L

Before moving forward in the module, spend some time thinking about what you already know about connected learning, and what you hope to learn from this module. The first worksheet in your Connected Learning Basics Workbook is a “KWL” — that stands for Know, Want to learn, and Learned.

First describe your experience (if any) with connected learning. Then make a list of things you already know about connected learning. Then write down what you want to learn in this module. You’ll fill out the last column, what you learned (L), when you have completed this module.