Module Twelve: Teaching & Learning

The exchange of information and knowledge within communities of learners is an area ripe for exploration.  How people learn, what motivates them, and how we can assess them are viable questions for information professionals.  As the 20th century of “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic” gives way to a new Culture of Learning, the opportunities to learn anywhere and everywhere multiply. Along with emerging technologies, the Horizon Report offers insights into key trends impacting teaching and learning.  For example, from 2012, the trend, “Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models” describes the move from place-based learning and information access. Another trend states, “People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to”. These ideas for change are synthesized in what Henry Jenkins calls participatory culture and connected learning.  Jenkins, professor of communication, journalism, and cinematic arts at the University of Southern California, offers principles of connected learning that illustrate how far we’ve come and where we might be going: a shared purpose between learners and peers, a production-centered focus on creation and curation of things, and an openly networked atmosphere in which to work and learn.

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 Things to View:

  •  Brown, J. S. (2012). The global one room schoolhouse: Highlights from JSB’s keynote at DML2012. Presented at the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference.

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Jenkins, H. (2012, March 1). Connected learning: Reimagining the experience of education in the information age. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from

Obligor, D. (2010). A Commitment to Learning: Attention, Engagement, and the Next Generation. Retrieved from: