4. Connect-Type Activities: Linking Learning to Life, Work, and Future Learning

  1. William Horton

Published Online: 1 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch4

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition

How to Cite

Horton, W. (2011) Connect-Type Activities: Linking Learning to Life, Work, and Future Learning, in E-Learning by Design, 2nd Edition, Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118256039.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 26 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470900024

Online ISBN: 9781118256039



  • absorb activity;
  • connect activity;
  • job aid;
  • online learning;
  • ponder activity;
  • questioning activity;
  • research activity


Connect activities help learners close the gap between learning and the rest of their lives. If Absorb activities are the nouns and Do activities the verbs, then Connect activities are the conjunctions of learning. Connect activities range from simple stop-and-think questions to complex real-world work assignments. This chapter discusses the types of Connect activities that have proven themselves in classroom and online learning: ponder activities, questioning activities, stories by learners, job aids, research activities, original work. Types of ponder activities such as rhetorical questions, meditations and cite-example activities. In storytelling activities, learners tell stories relevant to the subject they are studying. This activity is the mirror image of listening to stories. Because the process of telling stories is similar, regardless of who tells the story, the advice for stories by teachers. Job aids are as much a category of tool as a specific learning activity.

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