The 5C Framework

5C model

5C Framework, Nerantzi and Beckingham

The 5C framework is a useful lens to consider the benefits of social learning. From the day we are born we begin to engage in learning, and social interaction has always played a big part in this process. We learn from listening and watching others, through questioning and curiosity. The 5Cs can help us to consider how through connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating as lifelong and lifewide learners we can enrichen the way we approach many different types of learning.

Activities linked to the 5Cs can contribute to the development of the digital capabilities that are beneficial in Project Based Learning.


  • creating hooks with individuals and groups
  • navigate in and in between online and physical spaces
  • discovering resources, ideas


  • listening and reaching out
  • multiway communication / dialogue
  • open sharing


  • filtering
  • organising through themes and tagging
  • sharing and signposting


  • co-constructing
  • together: process and/or product
  • supportive co-learning relationships


  • individual and social making
  • playful and experimental
  • curiosity and interest driven


The 5C Framework Nerantzi and Beckingham 2015


Nerantzi, C. and Beckingham, S. (2014) BYOD4L – Our Magical Open Box to Enhance Individuals’ Learning Ecologies, in: Jackson, N. and Willis, J. (eds) Lifewide Learning and Education in Universities and Colleges E-book.

Nerantzi, C. and Beckingham, S. (2015) BYOD4L: Learning to use own smart devices for learning and teaching through the 5C framework, in Middleton, A. (ed.) (2015): Smart learning: teaching and learning with smartphones and tablets in post-compulsory education, Sheffield: MELSIG publication.