Connectivism I

16Feb09

February 15th
Reflections from George Siemens’ article:
“Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age”

Part One—my thoughts:
Connectivism, (the word does not even show up in my computerized dictionary, proving the novelty of the word), yet the designation of the term is quite simple. Regarding connectivism theory of learning, Siemens’s article states, “Learning needs and theories that describe learning principles and processes should be reflective of underlying social environments”. Globally our academic environments have been more connected to each other than any other time in history. Learners are in the midst of the information age where as a ‘whole’ we collectively know more and that information amount doubles around every 18 months. Sheesh. How to learners even know what they need to learn and how do instructors focus new information and new styles of learning into the classrooms? Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences just celebrated their 25th year of implementation and accomplishment, but will we now need to add a new Digital Smart? Computer Smart*? Network Smart? or shall we call it Connective Smart? or better yet, my favorite: Chaos Smart. AND, what types of “Smarts” await for our learners in the future, which still are yet to be defined—shall there be: Predictability Smart? or even Cracking the Code/Hacking Smart? How about Spiral-Multi-Layered Smart learners? Aren’t we already Smart enough? What do you think? Isn’t thinking the whole point?

*see Gardner’s take on Technology and MI with multiple intelligences link

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