On any learning path, part of the journey is done alone. However, the presence of others will be an unavoidable factor, whether it is to guide or motivate us. In addition, we are constantly learning informally in our multiple social contacts. Here is a mini glossary of concepts related to the social dimension of learning.

What is collaborative learning?

Collaborative learning is an educational approach focused on the group as a whole, consisting of transferring the learning responsibility to the learners. The group’s members have to resolve a problem together, to accomplish a task or to create a product – the objective being to achieve a common goal in the group.

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Other terms used: cooperative learning, group learning

What is connected learning?

Connected learning occurs when a person undertakes a learning process on a subject by calling on the support of one or more people who are able to broaden their possibilities and stimulate their learning. These may be peers, a teacher, a mentor, etc. and may be located geographically close to the connected learner or elsewhere in the world. Although this type of learning is not new in itself and does not necessarily require the use of technology, it often includes the use of the Internet and Web 2.0 capabilities.

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Connected learning can be linked to an educational path, a professional achievement or a civic engagement.

What is social learning?

Social learning is an approach based on collaboration and support which aims to integrate into an eLearning program — without any in-class meetings — as many interaction opportunities as possible between the learners and the instructor, and between the learners themselves. Those interactions take place through Web 2.0 tools, particularly through social media.

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Another term used: social eLearning

What is two-way communication?

In the context of eLearning, two-way communication refers to a modality or device that allows exchanges to take place and act in both directions, whether they take place between the teacher and the learners, regardless of who is the recipient and who is the sender, or between the learners themselves.

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Participant dialogue, meaningful attendance, personalized feedback and responses from the instructor, and active learner participation are now an integral part of online training.

Catherine Meilleur

Catherine Meilleur

Creative Content Writer @KnowledgeOne. Questioner of questions. Hyperflexible stubborn. Contemplative yogi.

Catherine Meilleur has over 15 years of experience in research and writing. Having worked as a journalist and educational designer, she is interested in everything related to learning: from educational psychology to neuroscience, and the latest innovations that can serve learners, such as virtual and augmented reality. She is also passionate about issues related to the future of education at a time when a real revolution is taking place, propelled by digital technology and artificial intelligence.