April 07, 2009
I've been running into some discussions about "connectivist teaching". The term apparently was coined by George Siemens . Siemens and other refer to it as a "learning" theory, but Plon Verhagen points out that it is not so much a theory about how people learn, as it is a method of pedagogy for the digital age.
The central idea seems to be to teach through a process of having the learner build a network of nodes and connections, drawing together various resources and various ideas. In practice, the focus seems to be on "know-where" instead of "know-how" or "know-what": learning where to find information, and how to move through a network of varied sources, assessing quality and reliability as you go.
Here is a simple class project presented as a YouTube video that illustrates the practice.
 ''Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age'', International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Vol. 2 No. 1, Jan 2005
Posted by jmm at April 7, 2009 11:55 PM