Connectivism: Bearing a Heavy Node Published by Convergence Academies, I recently came across this infographic on learning theory on the most excellent blog, TeachThought. As you can see, with the digital age, a new theory of learning has emerged called Connectivism. it is a theory advanced by George Siemens that is based on the following trends: Building Community with LinkedIn Groups (and Cutting Down on Self-Promotion) In May, at WordCamp Raleigh, I ran into Ray Mitchell, a Winston Salem, North Carolina-based web designer, who I had met previously. SixFour Web Design is his company. Mr. Mitchell recently shared a blog post request for me Twitter: “Special tips for managing LinkedIn Groups to build real community vs. self-promotion.” Thank you for the suggestion.
Connectivist Learning Theory - Siemens Connectivist learning theory, by George Siemens "A central tenet of most learning theories is that learning occurs inside a person. Even social constructivist views, which hold that learning is a socially enacted process, promotes the principality of the individual (and her/his physical presence – i.e. brain-based) in learning. These theories do not address learning that occurs outside of people (i.e. learning that is stored and manipulated by technology)… In a networked world, the very manner of information that we acquire is worth exploring. The need to evaluate the worthiness of learning something is a meta-skill that is applied before learning itself begins. When knowledge is subject to paucity, the process of assessing worthiness is assumed to be intrinsic to learning.
elearnspace. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age December 12, 2004 George Siemens International Education News l The PIE News l George Siemens, University of Texas Arlington GS: I have two positions – at the University of Texas Arlington I’m Executive Director and Professor for the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge research lab, and I’m also cross-appointed with Athabasca University at the Center for Distance Education as a faculty member. Right now I’m looking at a range of factors on the impact of technology on really any aspect of the university experience, so the opportunities to use learning analytics is part of that; the opportunity to rethink university structures, teaching practices, pedagogy and so on. “The digitisation of learning is what enabled us to talk about MOOCS.
6 Ways to Connect with the e-Learning Community on LinkedIn by Brittany Laeger, Marketing Communications Specialist LinkedIn is a powerful tool for creating connections within your industry. Without leaving your desk, you can have a conversation with a Director of Learning from Fortune 50 Company or an Instructional Designer with years of experience. Connectivism: Connecting with George Siemens See on Scoop.it – Educational Discourse George Siemens, a main proponent of connectivism and a social media strategist with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca… Kelly Christopherson‘s insight: I’ve been doing a great deal of reading and thinking about digital citizenship. One of the main ideas that I keep thinking about is that digital citizenship, and to an even larger degree citizenship, it is about connections.
Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning Special Issue - Connectivism: Design and Delivery of Social Networked Learning Frances Bell University of Salford, United Kingdom Abstract The sociotechnical context for learning and education is dynamic and makes great demands on those trying to seize the opportunities presented by emerging technologies. The goal of this paper is to explore certain theories for our plans and actions in technology-enabled learning. The strength of weak ties - AcaWiki Citation: Mark S. Granovetter (1973) The strength of weak ties. The American Journal of Sociology (RSS) Tagged: Sociology (RSS) social network (RSS), SNA (RSS) Summary:
Constructivism and Eliminative Materialism A few months ago Fred M Beshears and I discussed Constructivism and Materialism. He compiled the conversation and posted it here. -------------------------------------------- Stephen Downes We don't reason over perceptions or construct meaning, etc- there's no mechanism to do that - rather, we gradually become better recognizer The basic constructivist premise (and I mean constructivists generally, not just those working in education) is that learning and discovery proceeds by the creation or models or representations off reality, and then carrying out operations in these representations.
My first MOOC: Coaching Teachers- Promoting Changes That Stick Thanks to Maggie Hos-McGrane, I learned about a MOOC (Massive Onine Open Course) on Coursera by Match Education titled Coaching Teachers- Promoting Changes That Stick. The course is taught by Orin Gutlerner I have never taken a MOOC and thought this might be a good opportunity to try in order to experience a new type of learning, observe and be aware of the different structure and framework of teaching in such a course and in the meanwhile actually learn about coaching teachers as well. I am also trying to hone my skills in sketchnoting and will take notes in forms of sketches throughout the 5 week course. My goal is to compare my recall and articulation of the information learned via sketches versus summarizing via my traditional blog post writing.
'Connectivism': Creating Learning Communities In the field of online sharing and learning, the “Massive Open Online Course” (“MOOC”) has received a lot of attention. Many are enthusiastic about what elite universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Harvard are piloting. The two schools have offered joint online courses that have attracted well over 100,000 students. Much is also written about the start-up ventures Udacity and Coursera, which managed to enroll over two million students in just one year. These ventures provide a forum to some of the world’s best professors to host their lectures online.
The Connected Classrooms Challenge How might we develop young people’s obsession and engagement with social media and texting into a deep desire to learn and create together? My first thought is to ask why people become so obsessed. In my digital citizenship programme, we cover social media addiction and why it effects people of all ages.