Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

Connectivism was founded in 2004 by theorist George Siemens. The theory address to role technology plays in the learning process. Technology has increases the speed at which individuals have access to information and creates a learning community.

Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations.

New information is continually being acquired.

The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital.

The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is critical.

Examples of Connectivism

Have you ever been in a meeting and a question comes up that no one can answer and a couple minutes later that guy that never seems to be engaged in the discussion (because he is always surfing the web) speaks up with the answer… well that is connectivism.

Have you ever listened to a speaker and thought to yourself, “I want to know more,” and used technology to verify the facts… well that is connectivism.

Why is this important to you?

This is the new reality in the digital age and you are training students to work in this environment. The ipad was released in April 2010 and it has changed the way we learn and do business. Mobility is the new reality.

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