Last week we talked about the idea of connected learning and the impact that it can have on the way that students are learning today. Having received my Bachelors in Communication, specializing in Multimedia Journalism, I feel that I have a unique insight into how connected learning is becoming more of the norm in collegiate settings.
Throughout my time in undergrad, we were constantly incorporating new technologies into our classroom settings, as well as utilizing various online learning tools. I feel that having been a student who has used these technologies to learn allowed me to grasp a deeper understanding of how students adapt to this idea of connected learning.
Although I’m not necessarily the most accepting person when it comes to new technologies and enjoy some of the old fashioned ways of learning (e.g. I hate online classes!), I do think that connected learning serves a very important role in education today. In essence, it is the future of learning.
I don’t think traditional lecture based learning will be around for much longer, not only due to the convenience that connected learning provides for instructors and students, but also the unique opportunities it provides in the approach to learning. Additionally, with increases in connected learning, it will probably become the norm for the net few generations growing up.
As someone mentioned during class last week, we are in a unique position because many of us grew up when technology was just becoming a household luxury and can even remember a time before it even existed. However, we are also living in a time when use of technology is growing at an exponential rate, especially in the classroom.
The opportunities and abilities that connected learning presents for us to utilize it in the classroom setting is endless. As someone who is considering a career within academia, I’m excited to learn about all the ways I can utilize connected learning in the classroom to bring about more innovative, interactive learning among my students.