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Connectivism

October 20, 2012

It has been argued that Connectivism is not a learning theory and there is plenty of debate over Connectivism and learning theory. My colleagues have identified that they do not believe Connectivism is a learning theory in their wiki post:

http://fall12-bce-01.wikispaces.com/Group+B+6-A-1

In this post they point out that “Connectivism is defined as a learning theory based on the idea that knowledge does not rest in the head of the individual, but instead exists in the world around us”. They state that Connectivism is just a rehash of the other learning theories brought into this mordern age of the digital world.

It may well be, but it does have some very valid points. Starting with the fact that people do acquire knowledge from those people and things around us and or interaction. We often say of our kids that they need to experience things in order to understand them, the idea that making a bad decision will lead to making many correct ones as a result. We know that there are many ways to acquire knowledge. I have to agree with Siemens that the digital world changes how we learn and what and how we process information. We must look at how we teach in this digital age and adapt to help our students succeed.

As far as if Connectivsm is good for teaching practice, those against bring up the fact that school districts have not adopted these new technologies into the curriculum and teachers do not use them because they are not familiar with them. I would agree with some of this, but that does not mean that Connectivism should not be considered good teaching practice. It absolutely should be the things that we are doing not only in online courses but in the regular classroom. Web 2.0 technologies allow for some amazing tools to bring about research, connectivity, collaboration, and the use of critical thinking skills.

Finally, the argument against Connectivism states that it has a lot of potential to support students. I would agree with this statement wholly. They go on to say that if we only concentrate on digital technology, that our students will not learn how to use a dictionary, or cross-reference sources, etc.  It is our job as educators to use both technology and develop long-standing educational procedures that are important to student learning. The fact is that these tech tools actually enhance student learning and can not be ignored. We must move forward and push the envelope in education and Siemens understands that this push through what he calls Connectivism can change the landscape of how our students learn.

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One Comment
  1. Robert, I have to agree with you whole-heartedly. I see connectivism in play at my work place every day as I talk to and learn from those around me. As we get students ready to be successful in the modern workplace, it is essential that we teach them to be receptive to the experience and knowledge that others posses and to be willing to share the knowledge and experience that they bring with them.

    We have been learning about social technologies and working collaboratively in this learning environment. This is Connectivism in action. Is it a new learning theory? Yes, but I really do think it is an evolution that was bound to happen because of the impact of technology.

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