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How to Entangle

Entangled Learning (EL) is a process that empowers learners to direct their own learning. 

Four principles define the strategies:

  • Individuals ask their own questions.

  • Individuals support each other in community.

  • Individuals practice what they learn.

  • Individuals reflect upon and document their learning.


Learning occurs through interaction of learning design with three other process areas so that individuals reflect on and identify what they know, what they want to learn and with whom, and how they will apply their learning in various individual and group activities.

Consequently, EL strategies are developed within a framework that enables

learners, regardless of level of subject knowledge, to progress on a continuum of improved learning skills. The EL framework consists of four interrelated areas:

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Whisler, L. & Treuer, P. (2017). "How to Entangle Peer Educators," Synergy(10), the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, illustrates how Entangled Learning can work in a course setting and for ongoing training in a peer educator program.

Whisler, L, Makos, M. & Anderson, R. (2019). "Engendering Learning: Experiences of Peer Educators Trained as Entangled Learners," Journal of College Reading and Learning, the peer-reviewed journal of the College Reading and Learning Association, reports on how tutors and peer-assisted learning leaders experienced Entangled Learning in their training course and brought those concepts into their work with peers. DOI: 10.1080/10790195.2018.1472943

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