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Learning Technologies Centre Connectivism: A Learning Theory for a Digital Age George Siemens

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1 Learning Technologies Centre Connectivism: A Learning Theory for a Digital Age George Siemens

2 Learning Technologies Centre What does a theory do? Explains Guides Links knowledge and implementation Builds foundation of its own obsolesce

3 Learning Technologies Centre Knowledge To 'know' something is to be organized in a certain way, to exhibit patterns of connectivity. To 'learn' is to acquire certain patterns. (Downes, 2006)

4 Learning Technologies Centre What does it mean to Learn? Learning is about knowledge - to relate - to acquire - to connect - to create - to communicate

5 Learning Technologies Centre Knower, content, context

6 Learning Technologies Centre Knowledge Growth

7 Learning Technologies Centre Softening Knowledge

8 Learning Technologies Centre What does it mean to know?

9 Learning Technologies Centre Containers and Patterns

10 Learning Technologies Centre The quest for externality Thoughts and language Symbols Tools to externalize and connect

11 Learning Technologies Centre Seeing the Whole

12 Learning Technologies Centre …we suggest that the objects of thought, the very things upon which mental processes directly operate, are not always inside the brain…The cognitive processing that gives rise to mental experience may be something whose functioning cuts across the superficial physical boundaries between brain, body, and environment. (Spivey et al, 2004)

13 Learning Technologies Centre The distributed cognition perspective aspires to rebuild cognitive science from the outside in,, beginning with the social and material setting of cognitive activity, so that culture, context, and history can be linked with the core concepts of cognition (Hutchins, 2000)

14 Learning Technologies Centre Internalization Behaviourism Cognitivism Constructivism

15 Learning Technologies Centre Connectivism Externalization Learning is chaotic, not structured Learning is network formation (or pattern recognition) Distributed Networks filter Adaptive

16 Learning Technologies Centre Its distributed

17 Learning Technologies Centre Learning Networks Internal (the architecture of a brain) External (the nodes we connect)

18 Learning Technologies Centre Context

19 Learning Technologies Centre Learning Ecology

20 Learning Technologies Centre Spaces and Structures

21 Learning Technologies Centre Humans create their cognitive powers in part by creating the environments in which they exercise those powers (Hutchins, 2000)

22 Learning Technologies Centre Knowledge Spaces

23 Learning Technologies Centre Knowledge Structures

24 Learning Technologies Centre ltc.umanitoba.ca/wordpress


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