By Justin Marquis Ph.D.
"The theory of Connectivism provides new insight into what it means to facilitate learning in the 21st Century. Those responsible for teaching and training need to incorporate instructional strategies that match learner expectations and the physical changes that technology has wrought on the human brain. This is an ongoing challenge and one that does not have a single right answer or pre-packaged solution. The application of Connectivism to teaching and learning requires a thorough rethinking of the educational process and the role of the teacher, student, and technology in that process.
This learning theory is so new and revolutionary that there is little written about it. There is even less research being done on the ways in which it can be implemented and supported or about how it actually affects learners. As an online educator, you are in an excellent position to pilot test some of the principles outlined here and in Siemens’ seminal piece on Connectivism. Let’s make a joint resolution to give it a try in the New Year. I’d love to hear about your experiences using Connectivism in the classroom. I will be experimenting with it next semester, so look for an update in late spring 2012."
Via Anne Whaits