This final post for my LIBE 477 Special Topics in Teacher Librarianship course contains two artifacts of learning that represent my final project. Both are on the topic of Connections-based Learning (CBL) which was developed by British Columbia educator, Sean Robinson.
Both resources are targeted towards educators who are considering engaging their students in CBL related activities. It is not meant to be a thorough dissection of this pedagogical approach to teaching but merely a resource that provides an introduction to the topic and includes an accompanying resource for educators interested in this type of work.
I plan to share the presentation part of the project with staff at my school with the goal of working more collaboratively with them in the future.
The second artifact is an open collaborative document designed to be circulated within my personal learning networks in the hope of identifying and documenting a wide variety of connections that can be used when engaging in CBL.
The spreadsheet can be accessed and edited by anyone with the link and is broken down into three distinct categories:
- Organizations Who Connect Educators to CBL Opportunities
- Organizations that find experts for educators to interact with
- Individual Contacts Known To Offer CBL Opportunities
- Individuals who volunteers their time to connect and share their knowledge
- Organizations That Directly Offer CBL Opportunities
- Organizations that offer one type of classroom connection such as Mystery Skype
My goal for the spreadsheet is that others will use it and add to it if and when they have positive CBL experiences, thus growing the network and establishing connections in more areas of society.
I experienced several challenges narrowing down my final topic and then building a digital artifact to share. The biggest challenge was feeling like I needed to know more about Connections-based Learning in order to speak to it. In the end, I decided that my project was merely and an introduction to the topic as the pedagogical framework is complex.
Also, I’m not sure how successful the spreadsheet will be. I haven’t had too much success in the past when sharing a ‘live’ document and inviting others to contribute to it.
Knowing that CBL has it roots in constructivism was comforting. As I continue to construct my own knowledge around learning I like to attach my beliefs to a legitimate learning theory. It also happens to complement some other areas of interest such as inquiry-based learning and play-based learning.
I think the library can become the hub of CBL in my school. It has the hardware, software, and physical space required to facilitate such learning. It also provides an opportunity for me to work directly with classroom teachers and students on some of the more interesting local and global issues of our time.
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Robinson, Sean. (2019, April 15). Connections based Learning. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGrkUq0YtYk
Robinson, S. (n.d.). Connections-based Learning. Retrieved November 23, 2019, from https://connectionsbasedlearning.com/.