Networked, Connected Learning
We are witnessing transformations in the way we think about learning, reflecting the convergence of new technologies, digital media and tools, and network thinking. The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Project identified three major transformations:
At the heart of this transition to twenty-first century learning is the question: What if learning adapted to each person instead of expecting each person to adapt to the curriculum or the program? The central themes of the transformation in learning need to be central features of congregational faith formation: putting learners at the center of our thinking; enabling and trusting learners to co-creators of their learning experiences; connecting learning authentically to life concerns and real world issues; making room for new modes of learning and new methods of teaching; fostering collaboration in learning; and organizing structures around learners’ needs.
What if we reimagined congregational faith formation as a network of relationships, content, experiences, and resources—in physical places and online spaces? This networked model of faith formation is lifelong—each stage of life from birth to death—and life-wide—everywhere, anytime learning within a network of mentors, teachers, family, and peers. It provides a wide variety of engaging and interactive content and experiences in online and physical settings (home, congregation, community, world). It offers faith formation content and experiences to respond to the diverse religious and spiritual needs of people today—from the spiritually committed and engaged to the spiritual but not religious and the unaffiliated. It enables congregations to become centers for lifelong learning and faith growth for all people by utilizing the best of the new digital technologies to bring an abundance of meaningful and engaging faith forming experiences—in the congregation and the world, and in a variety of media—to people of all ages.
Practices: Networked Learning
Evolution of Learning - LRNG
LRNG is transforming how young people access and experience learning. Working together with schools, city leaders, businesses, and community institutions such as libraries and museums, LRNG is building an ecosystem of learning in a seamless network that is open and inviting to all youth.
Sparking Interest with Informal Learning - Diana Rhoten
Sociologist and digital learning expert Diana Rhoten founded the New Youth City Learning Network to help organizations like museums and libraries design digitally-enabled learning activities built to tap into kids' interests and teach 21st-century skills.
Introduction to Connected Learning - ConnectedLearning.tv (MacArthur Foundation)
This film introduces the thinking behind connected learning, which builds on the basics to make learning more relevant. It connects learning to people's interests, to real life, real work, real communities, and to the demands and opportunities of the digital age. The film asks: 'Might the information age have presented us with the opportunity for a fundamental reimagining of the way we educate our children?' 'How might education come to life if children were to possess a burning need to know?' 'Might we each have a part to play?' 'Might this digital age hold the possibility of bringing us closer together?'
A Glimpse into the Future of Learning
This infographic tells the big story of KnowledgeWorks’ third forecast on the future of learning, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Future of Learning. Comprised of twelve key insights with accompanying graphics, it points the way toward a diverse learning ecosystem in which learning adapts to each child instead of each child trying to adapt to school.
Practices: Networked Faith Formation
Twenty-first century faith formation will look and feel and operate as a network. It will no longer resemble the linear, one size fits all model of earlier eras. As a network it will provide a diversity of religious content and experiences for all ages and generations, 24x7x365, in face-to-face (physical) and online (virtual) settings. It will be guided by the following practices.