Connectivism

Have you ever learned alone?

Definition: “Connectivism is a theoretical framework for understanding learning.  In Connectivism  the starting point for learning occurs when knowledge is actuated through the process of a learner connecting to and feeding information into a learning community” (Kopp & Hill, para 5).

Learning cannot occur without a learning community.

Node: A learning community; must exist in the context of a greater network. Nodes connect to one another and share resources.

Knowledge: Stored throughout a network in various formats.

Learning: Occurs through cognitive and affective processes.

Connectivism acknowledges that information is constantly changing and stresses that in order to learn one must be able to 1) look for new information and 2) strain out unnecessary information. It holds that the ability to learn in this way is more important than specific content.

Do you agree? Is the ability to learn in and of itself content?

Learners are meant to connect to a node, create knowledge and then move on to another node where they can share their new knowledge. Learning is not only about absorbing information, but about building it. Each individual has a personal learning network made up and organized in a unique way as the learner selects nodes to participate in.

Does knowledge matter if it isn’t shared?

Connectivism and Modern Education:

  1. Current instructional models are not able to satisfy the needs of millennial learners – learners are now able to build their learning around themselves instead of around instructors. They can decide what and how they will learn. Kop and HIll suggest thatThe role of the tutor will not only change, but may disappear altogether.” Do you think this could ever happen? Do you think it should?
  2. The Internet opens up new possibilities for learners to gather and sift through information.
  3. Technologies make it easier and easier for learners to connect to each other and learn as they choose to. Do you ever go out of your way to connect and engage with people who disagree with you? Do you think there is a danger of people sinking into “group think” by avoiding contradictory opinions?

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