Connectivism – A learning Theory for Digital Age

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“In a network world, learning is a network forming process. Knowledge is a network product,” Dr. Siemens

 

I am quite fascinated and strongly agree with Dr. Siemens’s theory of Connectivism. While the original theories of learning attempt to explain the process of how one learns, connectivism concerns itself with what is being learned.

With the growth of technology, connectivism was developed in which teachers and, more importantly, learners can integrate and utilize technology that provide a two-way learning environment that is capable of equipping students with critical thinking, problem solving and global participation skills.

As Dr. Siemens stated that since technology has such profound effect on society’s ability to communicate and learn whether it’s through Facebook. Twitter, instegram, to name a few, learning should not be based on what we know but our ability to share that knowledge with each other (connect), build and improve.

It makes me think, so why not integrate technology into classroom when it’s a huge and essential part of our students life, why not take advantage of this fact and make changes in teaching practices so that instruction reaches students in their connected and social learning spaces that provides opportunities for them to develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving and global participation.

The teacher can still ensure that critical learning elements are achieved…while the links and connections are formed by the learners themselves” (Marhan, 2007).   With this shift comes open education in which students are permitted to create their own learning through blogs, wikis and other collaborative platforms, where boundaries are non-existent and content has no physical location. It is through connectivism “that individuals co-create knowledge in a global, networked environment” (Darrow, 2009).

Connectivism fits the present approach to learning and answers the question as to how learners connect information in the digital age.

 

 

References:

  • Darrow, S. (2009). Connectivism Learning Theory: Instructional Tools for College Courses.
  •  Marhan, A., (2007). Connectivism: Steps towards rethinking e-learning theory and practice.
  •  Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning

 

 

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