CONNECTIVISM

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As a class assignment, we discussed connectivism in a discussion group. I posted most of the information listed below  and would like to share it with you in this blog.

What is CONNECTIVISM?

“Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations. New information is continually being acquired and the ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital. Also critical is the ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday” (Siemens, 2005, para. 24).

Malcolm Knowles (1980) made four assumptions about adults as learners: (1) Adults tend to be more self-directed as a result of their maturity, (2) Adults possess personal histories which defines their identities and serve as a resource of experiential learning upon which new leanings can be applied, (3) Motivation in adults is directed to more socially relevant learning, and (4) Adult learners have interest in immediate application for problem-solving. Knowles, andragogy is distinct from Pedagogy (Knowles, 1980) Pedagogy is the science of teaching children and andragogy is the methods of techniques used to teach adults. “…its not necessarily kids vs adults its really about structure vs autonomy, being dependent vs independent as a learner and that is really what this is all about when we look at the online learning.” (The College Network, Dr. Carol Downing, PH. D.)

 

PLN (personal learning network)

We must create networks which, simply defined, are connections between entities. By using these networks – of people, of technology, of social structures, of systems, of power grids, etc. – learning communities can share their ideas with others, thereby “cross-pollinating” the learning environment (Siemens, 2005, para. 21).

Using social network changed the way I retrieve information needed for self-directed learning. My network consist of my peers (during discussion groups), social media for learning such as TED learn, Google Plus and now blogs. With PLN (personal learning network) I am able to connect to resources other than class readings for information. While RSS feed readers (really simple syndication) can be used for informational reading, it is also used to share blog information as a digital tool. Other digital tools that I use are YouTube, Google + new social network, and subscriptions that allows shared comments.  Digital tools such as Ed Tech (edtechmagazine.com), YouTube, and TED learn are the best tools that facilitate learning for me. I read at least one article a week from all three networks for new information on online education and technology.

“However, one of connectivism’s defining principles states that what we consider to be right today may tomorrow be considered wrong” (Siemens, 2005).

In conclusion:

Online learning can be a little overwhelming, and I believed that the reason that some learners chose a classroom setting as opposed to online is because of the lack of discipline and motivation of some learners. I believe that without an interest in a particular subject the desire to seek new information will be lost.

References:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jpEnFwiqdx8&feature=related

http://gettingsmart.com/2012/01/personal-learning-networks-for-educators-10-tips/

The College Network — The Importance of Pedagogy…: http://youtu.be/17T1h0gf3IM

Conlan, J., Grabowski, S., & Smith, K. (2003). Adult learning. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Adult_Learning

Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Connectivism

Other references:

Blended learning, http://www.knewton.com/blended-learning/

 

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