Welcome to LCN600 Connected Learning, a unit of study in the QUT Master of Education
This unit has been designed for you to explore connected learning as a contemporary learning approach for formal and informal learning contexts, including school, higher education, libraries, workplace and community settings. You will also develop your digital identity as a connected educator.
The unit is built upon -and aims to model - connected learning principles. It supports an evolving network of people, ideas, information and digital technologies. Learning activities and assessment are interwoven. They are designed to be transferable to contemporary learning contexts.
In the spirit of connected learning we will be using a suite of social media in this unit. The unit materials are mainly located on this website. For privacy reasons some materials such as the links to our web-conference tutorials and the tutorial recordings will be located in our unit Blackboard site. We will interact via a closed G+ Community, and via Twitter #LCN600. People not enrolled in the unit and who are interested in engaging with us on connected learning are welcome to use the resources on this website and to interact with us via Twitter #LCN600.
Getting started in the unit
- Go to the unit Blackboard site. In the Learning Resources you will find the link to the closed class G+ Community. Click on the link and join the Community. Here is information about setting up a G+ profile. You are welcome to use an abbreviated form of your name or a pseudonym. Here is a beginner's guide to G+ Communities. Get started in the G+ Community by posting an introduction to the category Individual Profile.
Your connected learning experience:
In this unit you will experience connected learning theory and practice from multiple perspectives: as learner, educator, designer and critic.
- You will relate the principles of connected learning to differing social and educational contexts and your own educator role
- You will discover first-hand how connected learners and educators shape their own connected learning environments through shared production of resources and knowledge with your LCN600 peers
- You will develop your own connected learning network by participating in the unit's Google+ community
- You will explore a wide range of social media
- You will independently design and evaluate a connected learning environment
- You will develop and critique your own professional learning network based on a specialised area of interest
Here are the concepts and theories we will apply in the unit:
Looking forward to learning with you in the unit!
Dr Mandy Lupton
Blog: Teaching in the Wild. Connected learning in higher education