Connectivist Learning Theory
Starkey describes ‘connectivism’ as the collaborative construction of knowledge using a multitude of sources, including connections between student’s experience and knowledge, the teacher’s experience and knowledge, and information gathered through others using technology and other outlets (2012, p 26). While I understand that there is some doubt surrounding whether ‘Connectivism’ is a theory of learning, I think it has some value for the modern teacher. The use of technology and the access to information that is readily available means that the role of a teacher is to not only deliver the content, but also to discuss, debate and critically analyse content along with the student. Gone are the days where the teacher was able to master all of the content and provide all of the answers; students are now able to present their own thoughts, thinking and analysis through the use of technology.
This pedagogical view does help me understand the place of technology in education, as it confirms my belief that technology should be used as a tool to evoke discussion, provoke critical thinking and provide a platform for students to actively engage with their own learning by connecting with other people and ideas.
Starkey, L., (2012). Teaching and learning in the digital age. Oxon: Routledge.