CCK11 - Week 01: Connectivism
WhatIsConnectivism. How prominent learning theories differ from connectivism. What Is Connectivism? A quick introduction to the topic of Connectivism. Siemens interview on connectivism « Rick's Café Canadien. Posted by: Richard Schwier | August 15, 2008 George Siemens joined me for an interview about Connectivism, a theory about learning that draws on network theory, social networking, and social constructivism among other things.
This interview discusses what connectivism is and where it came from, as well as its unique features and applications to education. I was producing this for my class on Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology, but I know it deserves a much wider audience. Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (2008)
Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Editor’s Note: This is a milestone article that deserves careful study.
Connectivism should not be con fused with constructivism. George Siemens advances a theory of learning that is consistent with the needs of the twenty first century. His theory takes into account trends in learning, the use of technology and networks, and the diminishing half-life of knowledge. What is the unique idea in Connectivism? Late last week, I threw out a question to Gary Stager on Twitter: “when a constructivist constructs knowledge, where does it reside physically/biologically?”.
Gary replied with something along the lines of “we don’t know and I don’t care. I can teach well without knowing the details of how the mind works”. Fair enough. Different educators adopt different approaches in order to makesense of the teaching and learning process. I’m trying to define it from the perspective of how our mind works. Connectivism and its Critics: What Connectivism Is Not. Posted to the CCK08 Blog, September 10, 2008.
There are some arguments that argue, essentially, that the model we are demonstrating here would not work in a traditional academic environment. - Lemire - Fitzpatrick - Kashdan. What Connectivism Is. Posted to the Connectivism Conference forum (which hits a login window - click 'login as guest' (middle of the left-hand column) - I'm sorry, and I have already complained to the conference organizer).
At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks. It shares with some other theories a core proposition, that knowledge is not acquired, as though it were a thing. Hence people see a relation between connectivism and constructivism or active learning (to name a couple).