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The 21st Century Learner


The way people learn has changed tremendously through digital media. Smartphones, Youtube, Facebook, Online Universities as well as Tech Communities have been changing the way people learn and socialize. “Rethinking Learning” is a video about the MacArthur’s Digital Media and Learning initiative that supported research and design experiments to better understand how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate civically and how those insights could be used to improve education. A new approach called Connected Learning emerged from this grantmaking as a powerful new framework for designing learning that is engaging, relevant, and prepares young people for a highly connected, technology-enabled 21st century.

One promising approach that emerged in Phase 2 of the experiments was Cities of Learning. This national movement sought to transform the learning landscape in a city by using badges to connect in- and out-of-school learning and highlight alternative pathways to academic, civic, and career success. The goal of Cities of Learning was to create the conditions necessary for Connected Learning to take root and spread. Data gathered through badges helps provide a more holistic view of what a young person is learning, where they engage in learning, what they are interested in, and whether city resources are distributed equitably to offer learning programs where they are needed most.

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About the MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsive democracy as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.

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