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CCK11 - Week 01: Connectivism

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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.

Siemens interview on connectivism « Rick's Café Canadien

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. George was his usual articulate self, and he gave a sparkling overview of connectivism in this 25 minute video.

It’s just talking head video captured from a Skype conversation — two talking heads as a matter of fact — but his ideas are rich, and it’s always nice to see the person behind the ideas. Don’t be distracted by the 30 seconds when I moved the video out of the screen capture space. Like this: Like Loading... 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: A learning theory for the digital age

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. It combines relevant elements of many learning theories, social structures, and technology to create a powerful theoretical construct for learning in the digital age. George Siemens Introduction Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime.

“One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. Some significant trends in learning: Background An Alternative Theory. 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. Gary then asked a critical question: what is the unique idea in connectivism? First, a . In this regard, connectivism also shares in bringing to the forefront ideas of philosophers and theorists from previous generations. Before I get into those, however, I’ll address some of the existing theory that serves as the fertile soil of connectivism (and, I think, to a large degree constructivism). All ideas have a heritage. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Connectivism and its Critics: What Connectivism Is Not. Posted to the CCK08 Blog, September 10, 2008.

Connectivism and its Critics: What Connectivism Is Not

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 These arguments, it seems to me, are circular. They defend the current practice by the current practice. Yes, we know that in schools and universities students are led through a formalized and designed instructional process. But none of this proves that the current practice is *better* that what is being described and demonstrated here. 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).

What Connectivism Is

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).