In my last two posts on connectivism (here and here) I've alluded to but not made particularly explicit what I think connectivism actually is, even though I have been critiquing and exploring its boundaries. This post is an attempt to fairly briefly list what I think are among its more compelling shared ideas. I will draw substantially from George Siemens's most cited seminal article that has acted as a catalyst and gravitational centre for the idea, though I will also be adding odd bits of interpretation and extrapolation here and there that might not have been in the original and to which others have contributed. If connectivism makes any sense at all then knowledge about it is a networked phenomenon, not an individual invention. This is my bit of personal sense-making as I see it on this particular rainy day, not a definitive account to stand for all time, not a scholarly article citing its sources, not a theory, not a refutation of any other model of the idea. It is just how I see it this morning. By writing and sharing this I hope to learn more and maybe help others to make their own bit of sense of it. If you have any thoughts, please share them here or elsewhere (where I can reach them on a network) so that we can learn together.
'Connectivism' is a label for a family of related theories and models about learning in a networked age that recognize the implications of the network itself in supporting and playing a central role in such learning. These theories and models consolidate various ideas, facts and theories that relate to networked learning then make predictions and prescriptions as well as imply patterns that are a consequence of them. In more detail...
Given that we agree with most or all of the following (in no particular order):
It follows that (in no particular order):
This further suggests some broad design patterns, principles and goals for nurturing better learning (in no particular order):
There are of course countless other things at different scales, right down to social UX design and up to political and legislative changes, that matter here, and I think there are plenty of other things that matter which fall somewhat outside the scope of the theory (including a goodly part of my own work) or that I have simply forgotten to mention, but I said I would keep it brief this time!
I am a full professor and Chair of the School of Computing & Information Systems, and a member of The Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. I am one of the...
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