Theories of Connected Learning

The simplest way to define a theory is that it is a way of explaining how something works, or why something happens the way that it does.

To understand connected learning, and to create effective connected learning environments, we need to understand how learning happens. Several wise people (their names are listed in the reference list at the end of the infographic) have developed explanations, or theories, as to how learning happens. These theories are very extensive, because learning is complex, and happens in different ways according to the context, the individual and the circumstances.

What I present below is an infographic where I have attempted to capture the ‘gist’ of the theories. It is intended to provide a very quick overview – introduction, reminder, prompt – of how we have come to understand connected learning, and its theoretical foundations.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, suggestions and feedback; and please share if you feel this infographic is useful!



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