CONNECTIVISM APPROACH TO LEARNING

CONNECTIVISM

CONNECTIVISM

In years past, majority my traditional learning experience was centered around small network of teacher-directed instructions or social peer-to-peer groupings. As technology advances with the interjection of globalization, my network of learning has expanded tremendous. This as open the doors to new libraries of information which has allowed my cognitive ability to expand even more. As an adult learner, I am no longer restricted or encaged in a formal structured environment of learning. Instead my network has introduce me to new schools of thought, culture, and social skill-sets.

It has generated my capacity to know more. Learning happens in many different ways through courses, email, panel discussion communities, conversations, web search, reading blogs etc.
The vast  diversity of digital tools available today as captivated my attention. I now consider myself apart of the  Youtube  generation. This phenomenal digital tool has bridge the gap in the ‘Experiential Learning’ arena. I can now connect to the internet and learn how to do more  practical task which I might not have had prior knowledge to.
As the desire to know more increases, the Internet has always been my first source for information. The ability to network or have access to so many cyber library is without a question revolutionary. It enables users to communicate and share infinite resources, ideas like never before on a global scale. It would appear as though there is no question out of bound  for the Internet to answer. Mind you, it might not always provide you with the most accurate or exact (correct) answers but at least it stimulates the cognitive mind. According to an article I recently read on a  website on Connectivism theory, “Personal knowledge is comprised of a network, which feeds into organizations and institution, which in turn feed back into network and continue to provide learning for the individual”. The Internet which is the  ‘Godfather’ of all information resource, facilitates this mecca. 
The relationship between work experience, learning, and knowledge as expressed in the concept of connectivity is central to connectivism and I believe how I utilize my network illustrates this fact. Furthermore, based on Siemens posits on Connectivism theory, he argues that under such regime the following principles are also  taken into consideration:
  1. Learning and knowledge rest on diversity of opinion.
  2. Learning is a process of connecting specialized information sources.
  3. Learning may reside in non-human appliances such as the internet.

Reference

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

Connectivism Blog: http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?journal=3174

Connectivism a learning theory for today’s learner Retrieve from: http://www.connectivism.ca/about.html

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