The Illuminative Model for Networked Learning addresses current shifts happening in learning and education as societies move between a 20th-century factory model into a 21st-century networked model. Please see the Factory vs. Networked Learning chart for more information on the differences between the two approaches. This model combines elements found in user research and design or “design thinking”, critical thinking reflective questions, and strength-based learning approaches.

Central principles of the Illuminative Model for Networked Learning are as follows…

The Networked Learner:

1) is responsible for designing, running, and evaluating their own system for learning

2) observes, questions and reflects on themselves as learners in a 24/7 educational experience

3) networks their learning with other learners in all areas of their lives

4) first aligns themselves to their strengths and skills and to any engaged moments they experience day to day.

Areas explored in Networked Learning:

-How to become a strong observer of the world around you

-How to learn in social networks with your peers, family and colleagues

-How to identify and talk about your strengths and engaged moments

-How to teach and learn from those around you

-How to create learning networks in a flattened world

The Illuminative Method is central to this model and in guiding learners through designing their own resonant systems for learning. Please see the following for further information about this method.

Amy Scatliff, EdD 2021

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