This call for chapters for a text on open online courses (.doc), edited Rita Kop, Stephen Downes, George Siemens, might be of interest to readers. The two-page abstract of prospective chapters is due Oct 31, 2011.
It’s up to learning experience designers and developers, as well as trainers, educators and instructors to move us toward a more enlightened path that meets the needs of learners in today’s world. I’m voting that these four big ideas can propel us forward, hopefully sooner rather than later. Which big ideas do you favor?
So what distinguishes a connectivist perspective from social constructivism? The difference is fairly subtle. As far as I can see, connectivism resonates with similar principles as social constructivism does, but acknowledges a greater degree of complexity in the nature of knowledge and learning, enabled by advances in technology.
George Siemens article on connectivism really hit home for me regarding how learning is changing, and his comment of about “the pipe” being more important than the content within the pipe really spoke to how education is and should be changing.
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