Chapter 1 A connected approach to learning in higher education
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This chapter introduces the concept of connectedness learning in higher education. Connecting with others through collaboration and networking has long been central to learners’ capacities to engage productively in life and career, but the development of the professional relationships and the capabilities supporting connectedness has often remained tacit and underemphasised in curriculum. With the rise of the digital networked economy, social networking has become even more important to career development, professional learning and productivity at work. The Connectedness Learning Approach suggests ways in which higher education institutions can foster learners’ connectedness capabilities, presenting pedagogic approaches and institutional enabling strategies that facilitate their development. This chapter introduces ten conceptual and empirical investigations of connectedness learning in different institutions, each of which explore different elements of the approach. Through these chapters, the volume presents an authentic and relevant account of how we can better embed connectedness into learning and teaching practice.

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