I noticed that the readings threw around a lot of concepts like connected learning, active/participatory learning, digital intelligence. I loved everything that I was learning about learning theories, but…the concepts started to blend into another so I needed a visual helper. And using media to describe learning concepts on a blog fit perfectly into the theme of the library as a classroom
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Is there such thing as learning theory envy?? Connected learning is such an amazing framework that fosters connectivity and community with innovation and literacy. The connected learning theory’s learning principles are interest-powered, peer-supported and academically orientated (Nygren, 2014). The idea of connecting with and supporting each other’s mental and academic growth is inspirational and a great competency for an information professional to possess. This library and community-based learning theory can bridge literacy gaps and help prepare people for fulfilling lives and careers.
I really prefer participatory learning because it allows learners to put their knowledge to use in a project that is similar and beneficial to professional projects. Sometimes I feel like a robot who has been trained to pump out essays that prove that I can use quotes and write about concepts. I will say that I remember maybe 25% of the essays I wrote during my undergraduate degree [SORRY PROFESSORS!]. Instead of checking all the boxes of learning outcomes, it is important to create projects that have learners engaging and connecting in different learning environments, like blogs, infographics, videos or photography. I like the idea of “learning as play” because it takes the pressure off of frantically trying to memorize information, and turns learning into morphing information into something I can mess around with and understand in my own way.
I found the Park (2016) article to be really interesting in how they explained the different facets of digital intelligence. They explained how digital intelligence includes areas of rights, identity, security, emotional intelligence and literacy. As I read through each of the different digital intelligence areas, I thought about how important the concepts are to teaching and learning. Instead of only teaching users how to create and style on digital platforms, we need to expand on the different challenges in the digital world. Since there are many more learning opportunities online, it is important that digital skills are taught to users so can become “masters of technology instead of being mastered by it” (Park, 2016).
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Learning more about modern learning theories inspired me for the future generations of learners. There are so many more opportunities to learn, especially in the digital environment. It is important that learning theories consider the implications of learning and playing online. I wonder what the world would be like if we incorporated play, connection, participation and digital aspects into education…