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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”.

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Innovation in education: MOOC’s

The first Massive Open Online Course was organized by Downes and Siemens (Connectivism) in 2008: CCK08.

An eye-catching MOOC, was organized by Computer Science professors Sebastian Thrun  and Peter Norvig at Stanford university. He opened up his course Artificial Intelligence and 160,000 students in more than 190 countries signed up. These figures are overwhelming. The Khan Academy offers a similar procedure, outside the university system. A MOOC is based on the connectivism theory.

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