...Extensive conversations in the blogosphere and in educational journals debate whether connectivism is a new learning theory or whether it is merely a digital extension of constructivism.
Origins for this learning theory? Look to George Siemens (2005; 2006a) and Stephen Downes (2005; 2007) for their references for a networked and digital world called connectivism.
Siemens and Downes initially received increasing attention in the blogosphere in 2005 when they discussed their ideas concerning distributed knowledge.
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