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Connectivism, the learning theory which brings parts together

An innovation in education that really must be on board of my blog, is Connectivism. Honesty above all: it was Lars who introduced me the term connectivism.

Connectivsm was introduced and developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. It is a new learning theory which focusses on learning using a network. Learning is making connections with other people and resources (books, websites, machines, etc). Downes states that “knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.” In the first module (TEL1), we were introduced 3 learning theories: Behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism. Siemens (2004) however believes that “these theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology”.

This video explain a great deal:

Connectivism in my working area

In a previous post, I wrote about the use of Twitter in my classroom. I think this is a part of Connectivism. Students are asking questions and are learning from their followers and contacts. The problem was the issue of getting “wrong” information. What is interesting, is that Connectivism includes a teacher who helps the student to find good connections and peer reviewed resources. Obviously, this TELIC course is a great example of connectivism in which feedback is important. Also the MOOC is an important part of Connectivism. I decided to do my own contribution and made a webpage on which I offer course material on how to use 19 different web 2.0 tools (free access).

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