Connectivism: Learning theory of the future or vestige of the past?
Rita KopUniversity of Wales Swansea Adrian HillOpen School BC, Canada Abstract Siemens and Downes initially received increasing attention in the blogosphere in 2005 when they discussed their ideas concerning distributed knowledge. An extended discourse has ensued in and around the status of ‘connectivism’ as a learning theory for the digital age. This has led to a number of questions in relation to existing learning theories. Keywords: e-Learning; online learning; open learning; distance education; pedagogy; learning theory; educational theory Introduction To what extent do existing learning theories meet the needs of today’s learners, and anticipate the needs of learners of the future? If older theories are to be replaced by connectivism, then what are the grounds for this measure? Overview of Connectivism Connectivism is a theoretical framework for understanding learning. In the connectivist model, a learning community is described as a node, which is always part of a larger network.
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