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Putting it Together

Entangled Learning is a self-directed process in which the individual is an agent of designing their own learning. Taking a closer look at an example will illustrate how EL works. Let's say you are a new freshman in college who is taking a study skills course to equip you to be a stronger learner in your science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major. The diagram suggests one potential route to designing your own learning within the context of a course structured with EL as its pedagogy.

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Using the Entangled Learning Action Plan to structure and track your engagement with your learning design helps self-regulate your learning. Adding sheets aligned to learning strategy entries provides space for making notes about why the individual chose those particular strategies as well as identifying the technique to use with the learning strategies and a metric to assess the quality and effectiveness of engaging with the strategy. ePortfolio entries can be made by reviewing the iterative plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle described on these sheets to contemplate how well one engaged in self-regulation, integration of learning from refinements over multiple PDCA cycles, and what one learned about oneself through engaging in the applied practices. (Click on the Action Plan image to access the spreadsheet with an example entry for PAL ("Peer-Assisted Learning," which is collaborative group study sessions facilitated by a peer who uses planned activities to review course content.)

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