Connections-based Learning changes the question from "How can we learn this?" to "Who will engage with us in learning?". This leads to a drastic change in the way we teach. In order to make this fundamental shift, the research has to be sound.
Willms, Friesen, and Milton (2009)
A study that developed a measure of student engagement recommending that students solve real problems, learn from the community, and connect with experts and expertise.
Videoconferencing for Global Citizenship Education: Wise Practices for Social Studies Educators - Daniel G. Krutka & Kenneth T. Carano
"More than ever, we are all connected as many local problems are global and global problems are local. Whether we aim to address environmental concerns, reduce prejudice, or pursue specific projects to make a better world, videoconferencing can transcend geographic boundaries and provide an impetus for action. When students can listen to, and see, peers from across the world share their perspectives, challenges, and hopes, they can grow as global citizens who understand issues in new ways. When used well, videoconferencing allows students a passport around the world, opens their eyes to their place in it, and their responsibility to care for the earth and each other." - p. 130
David Sengeh from "Creating Innovators"
"I did pretty good in school but I don't remember much at all from the things I learned in class. Those are not what stayed with me but rather it was the connections ... the professors, the students."