Taking every advantage of digital innovation and the opportunities that this brings, connected learning prioritises the realisation of the future self, the opportunities in diversity and the implementation of values through practice.

“Connected learning represents a framework for understanding and supporting learning, as well as a theory of intervention that grows out of our analysis of today’s changing social, economic, technological, and cultural context”

Mizuko Ito, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins. 2013. Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design. Irvine, CA: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub.


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Martin Hall

I am Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town and Advisor to a range of organisations engaged with technologically enhanced and online learning. I am qualified in Alternative Dispute Resolution and provide advice and services for organisations undergoing change.

I was Vice-Chancellor (President) of the University of Salford, Manchester, from 2009 until the end of 2014. Before I joined Salford, I was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town (from 2002-2008) and the inaugural Dean of Higher Education Development at UCT (from 1999-2002). I am a Life Fellow at the University of Cape Town, a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. Full details of my work and writing are available here.