European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning
Dorothy C. Kropf [Dorothy.Kropf@waldenu.edu], Walden University, 100 Washington Avenue South, #900, Minneapolis, MN 55401, United States of America [ Transformed into a large collaborative learning environment, the Internet is comprised of information reservoirs namely, (a) online classrooms, (b) social networks, and (c) virtual reality or simulated communities, to expeditiously create, reproduce, share, and deliver information into the hands of educators and students. Most importantly, the Internet has become a focal point for a potentially dynamic modern learning theory called connectivism. Like any learning theory, connectivism has its share of supporters and critics. Unlike any other learning theory, connectivism attributes learning through cyber nodes specifically rooted in social networks. Keywords: connectivism, e-learning, information repositories, learning theory Today’s students are “do-it-yourself” learners (Nussbaum-Beach & Hall, 2012, p.11). Figure 1.
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