Connectivism and Connective Knowledge

The one above is the title of the on line course that right know is being driven by e-Learning pioneers George Siemens and Stephen Downes. The idea of the course, offered through University of Manitoba, is not only to allow enrolled people to use the material, but to allow their access to anyone connected on line.

This way, we can check the course wiki , blog or enjoy the on line massive openning act (video, in English).

But let’s go deeper on the course idiosincrasy, for I guess I’m not the only curious about the method. As they explain on the wiki:


This course will be a different type of learning experience. Learners from around the world will be participating, creating an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and feedback. While facilitators will be active in the conversation, and will provide feedback to the work of students who have enrolled in the course for credit, the number of participants makes it impossible for traditional teacher-centric instruction to work well.

I believe it is a good idea to follow the course, so meanwhile it goes, this post is to be continued…

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4 comentarios en “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge

  1. As editor of On the Horizon which deals with futures, particularly learning at the post secondary level, the idea of connectivism is intriguing and also concerning. We all know about the “n” degrees of connectivism where “n” is a small number and which points out that we are only “n” links away from any person in the world.

    So why should a connectivist course be more than a demonstration of the existence of “n”. For many people, the smallness of “n” is frightening and many productive or creative people do not have time to spend expanding their connections and thus will opt out. This means that the path may still exist, but the path may be intentionally bocked because the “noise” level will just be too great. So, in many ways, the idea of connectivism is an illusion, a set of unoptimized linkages.

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